The Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist

The Einstein File J Edgar Hoover s Secret War Against the World s Most Famous Scientist From the moment of Einstein s arrival in the U S in until his death in l J Edgar Hoover s FBI with help from several other federal agencies busied itself collecting derogatory information i

  • Title: The Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist
  • Author: Fred Jerome
  • ISBN: 9780312288563
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist

    From the moment of Einstein s arrival in the U.S in 1933 until his death in l955, J Edgar Hoover s FBI, with help from several other federal agencies, busied itself collecting derogatory information in an effort to undermine Einstein s influence and destroy his prestige For the first time Fred Jerome tells the story of this anti Einstein campaign, as well as the reasoFrom the moment of Einstein s arrival in the U.S in 1933 until his death in l955, J Edgar Hoover s FBI, with help from several other federal agencies, busied itself collecting derogatory information in an effort to undermine Einstein s influence and destroy his prestige For the first time Fred Jerome tells the story of this anti Einstein campaign, as well as the reasons behind it why and how the campaign originated, and thereby provides the first detailed picture of Einstein s little known political activism Unlike the popular image of Einstein as an absent minded, head in the clouds genius, the man was in fact intensely politically active and felt it was his duty to use his world wide fame shrewdly in the cause of social justice A passionate pacifist, socialist, internationalist and outspoken critic of racism Einstein considered racism America s worst disease , and personal friend of Paul Robeson and W.E.B DuBois, Einstein used his immense prestige to denounce McCarthy at the height of his power, publicly urging witnesses to refuse to testify before HUAC The story that emerges not only reveals a little known aspect of Einstein s character, but underscores the dangers that can arise, to threaten the American Republic and the rule of law, in times of obsession with national security.

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    1. Frederick Bingham

      This book is about the political activities of Einstein. He is of course known for his scientific accomplishments, but spent much of his life pursuing political causes of various sorts. The causes were varied, rescuing Jews stuck in Nazi Germany, fighting Franco in Spain, fighting anti-immigrant prejudice, etc. His involvement with such causes put him in the company of some very radical people. At the same time, J. Edgar Hoover decided that Einstein was somehow an enemy of the US and started a f [...]

    2. Bret

      The Einstein File is a fantastically informative book, not just about the FBI and Einstein, but about several aspects of history in the 1930s through the 1950s.I stumbled across this book online while searching for something, and found a used hard-bound copy for $4 on . I started reading it a few months ago as a casual reading effort, something I would do on Sunday mornings over coffee at a local Java House. It is a slow read, due in large part to the amount of information being presented, as we [...]

    3. Robin

      I actually read the english version (but couldn't find it listed). A really interesting read - and one of the only books ever writen on Einstien in which the reader actually gets some understanding of the man - rather than the myth. It also provides insights in the darker politics of Hoover's America, and those intelectuals and artists that did not buy into the Hoover / McCarthyist agendas.

    4. Laura Lee

      A little side discovery in this book was the Woman Patriot Corporation which was a group of women against women's suffrage and laws to outlaw child labor, which they saw as a "communist plot." They were also in favor of a strong military, against feminism and disliked Einstein.

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