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Compromised campus [electronic resource] : the collaboration of universities with the intelligence community, 1945-1955 /
Sigmund Diamond.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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ix, 371 p.
ISBN
0195053826 (Cloth)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
isbn
0195053826 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
catalogue key
7372158
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-349) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
If you secretly miss the stomach-churning hysteria of the Cold War and McCarthyism; if you admire a (usually) craftily woven conspiracy theory (of occasional tabloid quality); and if you enjoy an old-fashioned pummelling of the likes of Henry Kissinger, McGeorge Bundy, William F. Buckley, Jr., and everyone's favorite demon, J. Edgar Hoover, you are going to love this personal memoir cum whodunit of government-university collaboration (G-men at Yale and Harvard), professional betrayal, ceremonial posturing, and public dissembling. This reviewer's old favorite is Yale President Charles Seymour's comment (September 1949) that "there will be no witch hunts at Yale because there will be no witches." Most of the subjects are familiar loyalty oaths, "Fifth Amendment Commumists," and academic freedom but there are some real historical treasures (Harvard's Russian Research Center and Yale's "Deans' Committee on Social Research"). Except for the FIOA officers' cautious editing, this is a no-holds barred brief against political surveillance and all kinds of cozy "old school" ties. The footnotes alone are worth the price of the book, but let the buyer beware. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty; general. E. M. Tobin; Hamilton College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Diamond is an indefatigable researcher. His zeal to expose the intrusion of our intelligence agencies on our campuses is a wonder to behold. And Compromised Campus, once and for all, should end the image of the post-war campus as an ivory tower."--Victor Navasky, Editor, The Nation
"Diamond is an indefatigable researcher. His zeal to expose the intrusionof our intelligence agencies on our campuses is a wonder to behold. AndCompromised Campus, once and for all, should end the image of the post-warcampus as an ivory tower."--Victor Navasky, Editor, The Nation
"Diamond is an indefatigable researcher. His zeal to expose the intrusion of our intelligence agencies on our campuses is a wonder to behold. And Compromised Campus, once and for all, should end the image of the post-war campus as an ivory tower."--Victor Navasky, Editor, The Nation "This is a fearless, formidable book--exciting as only truth can be when revealed in the service of principle. Diamond's discoveries are in themselves astonishing; collectively, they provide knowledge central to this nation's modern history and future hopes. The work is informed, above all, by human understanding not only of the vanity of power, but of the immortality of courage and candor."--Shirley Hazzard "Not so long ago, our greatest universities permitted themselves to become accessories of the FBI and CIA. With passion and precision, Professor Diamond has penetrated the secrecy with which this trahison des clercs was carried out. If it is not to happen again, we need to know why it happened before."--Theodore Draper
"Diamond is an indefatigable researcher. His zeal to expose the intrusion of our intelligence agencies on our campuses is a wonder to behold. And Compromised Campus , once and for all, should end the image of the post-war campus as an ivory tower."--Victor Navasky, Editor, The Nation "This is a fearless, formidable book--exciting as only truth can be when revealed in the service of principle. Diamond's discoveries are in themselves astonishing; collectively, they provide knowledge central to this nation's modern history and future hopes. The work is informed, above all, by human understanding not only of the vanity of power, but of the immortality of courage and candor."--Shirley Hazzard "Not so long ago, our greatest universities permitted themselves to become accessories of the FBI and CIA. With passion and precision, Professor Diamond has penetrated the secrecy with which this trahison des clercs was carried out. If it is not to happen again, we need to know why it happened before."--Theodore Draper
"Diamond is an indefatigable researcher. His zeal to expose the intrusion of our intelligence agencies on our campuses is a wonder to behold. AndCompromised Campus, once and for all, should end the image of the post-war campus as an ivory tower."--Victor Navasky, Editor,The Nation "This is a fearless, formidable book--exciting as only truth can be when revealed in the service of principle. Diamond's discoveries are in themselves astonishing; collectively, they provide knowledge central to this nation's modern history and future hopes. The work is informed, above all, by human understanding not only of the vanity of power, but of the immortality of courage and candor."--Shirley Hazzard "Not so long ago, our greatest universities permitted themselves to become accessories of the FBI and CIA. With passion and precision, Professor Diamond has penetrated the secrecy with which thistrahison des clercswas carried out. If it is not to happen again, we need to know why it happened before."--Theodore Draper
"Not so long ago, our greatest universities permitted themselves to become accessories of the FBI and CIA. With passion and precision, Professor Diamond has penetrated the secrecy with which this trahison des clercs was carried out. If it is not to happen again, we need to know why ithappened before."--Theodore Draper
"Not so long ago, our greatest universities permitted themselves to becomeaccessories of the FBI and CIA. With passion and precision, Professor Diamondhas penetrated the secrecy with which this trahison des clercs was carried out.If it is not to happen again, we need to know why it happened before."--TheodoreDraper
"This is a fearless, formidable book--exciting as only truth can be when revealed in the service of principle. Diamond's discoveries are in themselves astonishing; collectively, they provide knowledge central to this nation's modern history and future hopes. The work is informed, above all,by human understanding not only of the vanity of power, but of the immortality of courage and candor."--Shirley Hazzard
"This is a fearless, formidable book--exciting as only truth can be whenrevealed in the service of principle. Diamond's discoveries are in themselvesastonishing; collectively, they provide knowledge central to this nation'smodern history and future hopes. The work is informed, above all, by humanunderstanding not only of the vanity of power, but of the immortality of courageand candor."--Shirley Hazzard
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Summaries
Long Description
Compromised Campus looks at role of the FBI in dealing with universities in regard to loyalty matters. As a participant in these events (Diamond was fired from Harvard in the 1950s), the author brings a special immediacy to these questions, and uses the Freedom of Information Act to ferret out instances of FBI illegal activity which has long been covered up.
Long Description
In the early 1950s, a young Harvard professor named Henry Kissinger approached the FBI with alleged evidence of communist subversion among the foreign students of his summer seminar. His evidence was a flyer criticizing the nuclear arms build-up and promoting world peace. At the same time at Yale, young William F. Buckley, Jr., was discovering more than God while writing God and Man at Yale as an undergraduate. He was discovering J. Edgar Hoover. These are just two examples of how ambitious young men used the "special relationship" developing between the FBI and the universities to advance their fledgling careers. Revelations such as these abound in Sigmund Diamond's Compromised Campus, an eye-opening look at the role American intelligence agencies played at some of America's most prestigious universities. It is often said that in the 1950s, American universities were free of the McCarthyism that pervaded the rest of the nation. Not so, says Diamond. Using previously secret materials newly made available under the Freedom of Information Act, and an impressive amount of information gained from years of research in university and foundation archives, he reveals that despite academia's "official story" of autonomy from the federal government, in fact university administrators, faculty, and students secretly and actively sought close ties with intelligence agencies. Diamond describes the cooperation of Harvard President James B. Conant with intelligence agencies, the institution and operation of Harvard's Russian Research Center, Yale's shadowy "liaison agent" H.B. Fisher, who moved from problems of student drinking to cooperation with the FBI in loyalty-security matters, and the existence of formal and informal relations with the FBI and other intelligence agencies at major universities throughout the country. He calls attention to the cooperation of university presidents--Griswold of Yale, Dodds of Princeton, Wriston of Brown, Sproul of California, among others--with the FBI and state governors on the techniques of blacklisting. Diamond shows how this interaction between intelligence agencies and American universities has had serious consequences for America ever since--on foreign policy, questions of law and constitutional government, the role of secrecy, separation of public and private activities, and the existence and control of government deceit and lawlessness. Dismissed himself from Harvard in the 1950s by McGeorge Bundy (for refusing to talk to the FBI about former associates), Diamond brings a special immediacy to this revealing study.
Main Description
In the early 1950s, a young Harvard professor named Henry Kissinger approached the FBI with alleged evidence of communist subversion among the foreign students of his summer seminar. His evidence was a flyer criticizing the nuclear arms build-up and promoting world peace. At the same time atYale, young William F. Buckley, Jr., was discovering more than God while writing God and Man at Yale as an undergraduate. He was discovering J. Edgar Hoover. These are just two examples of how ambitious young men used the "special relationship" developing between the FBI and the universities toadvance their fledgling careers. Revelations such as these abound in Sigmund Diamond's Compromised Campus, an eye-opening look at the role American intelligence agencies played at some of America's most prestigious universities. It is often said that in the 1950s, American universities were free of the McCarthyism that pervaded the rest of the nation. Not so, says Diamond. Using previously secret materials newly made available under the Freedom of Information Act, and an impressive amount of information gained fromyears of research in university and foundation archives, he reveals that despite academia's "official story" of autonomy from the federal government, in fact university administrators, faculty, and students secretly and actively sought close ties with intelligence agencies. Diamond describes thecooperation of Harvard President James B. Conant with intelligence agencies, the institution and operation of Harvard's Russian Research Center, Yale's shadowy "liaison agent" H.B. Fisher, who moved from problems of student drinking to cooperation with the FBI in loyalty-security matters, and theexistence of formal and informal relations with the FBI and other intelligence agencies at major universities throughout the country. He calls attention to the cooperation of university presidents--Griswold of Yale, Dodds of Princeton, Wriston of Brown, Sproul of California, among others--with theFBI and state governors on the techniques of blacklisting. Diamond shows how this interaction between intelligence agencies and American universities has had serious consequences for America ever since--on foreign policy, questions of law and constitutional government, the role of secrecy, separation of public and private activities, and the existenceand control of government deceit and lawlessness. Dismissed himself from Harvard in the 1950s by McGeorge Bundy (for refusing to talk to the FBI about former associates), Diamond brings a special immediacy to this revealing study.
Main Description
In the early 1950s, a young Harvard professor named Henry Kissinger approached the FBI with alleged evidence of communist subversion among the foreign students of his summer seminar. His evidence was a flyer criticizing the nuclear arms build-up and promoting world peace. At the same time at Yale, young William F. Buckley, Jr., was discovering more than God while writing God and Man at Yale as an undergraduate. He was discovering J. Edgar Hoover. These are just two examples of how ambitious young men used the "special relationship" developing between the FBI and the universities to advance their fledgling careers. Revelations such as these abound in Sigmund Diamond's Compromised Campus , an eye-opening look at the role American intelligence agencies played at some of America's most prestigious universities. It is often said that in the 1950s, American universities were free of the McCarthyism that pervaded the rest of the nation. Not so, says Diamond. Using previously secret materials newly made available under the Freedom of Information Act, and an impressive amount of information gained from years of research in university and foundation archives, he reveals that despite academia's "official story" of autonomy from the federal government, in fact university administrators, faculty, and students secretly and actively sought close ties with intelligence agencies. Diamond describes the cooperation of Harvard President James B. Conant with intelligence agencies, the institution and operation of Harvard's Russian Research Center, Yale's shadowy "liaison agent" H.B. Fisher, who moved from problems of student drinking to cooperation with the FBI in loyalty-security matters, and the existence of formal and informal relations with the FBI and other intelligence agencies at major universities throughout the country. He calls attention to the cooperation of university presidents--Griswold of Yale, Dodds of Princeton, Wriston of Brown, Sproul of California, among others--with the FBI and state governors on the techniques of blacklisting. Diamond shows how this interaction between intelligence agencies and American universities has had serious consequences for America ever since--on foreign policy, questions of law and constitutional government, the role of secrecy, separation of public and private activities, and the existence and control of government deceit and lawlessness. Dismissed himself from Harvard in the 1950s by McGeorge Bundy (for refusing to talk to the FBI about former associates), Diamond brings a special immediacy to this revealing study.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Square One: Veritas or Hallucinationp. 17
Harvard and the FBI: "A Most Cooperative and Understanding Association"p. 24
The Russian Research Center, 1: Informing and Surveillancep. 50
The Russian Research Center, 2: Scholarship and Intelligencep. 65
More on Harvard: Public Masks, Private Facesp. 111
Henry Kissinger and William Yandell Elliott: Mail-tampering, etc.p. 138
William F. Buckley, Jr.: The FBI Informer as Yale Intellectualp. 151
H. B. Fisher and Yale University, 1927-1952: Ivy-covered Surveillancep. 179
Lux et Veritasp. 204
The FBI Dissemination Programp. 243
Conclusionp. 275
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 351
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