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Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism

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The previously untold true story of the CIA’s clandestine use of American students as undercover operatives during the Cold War

In 1967, CIA director Richard Helms had, as he would later recall, “one of my darkest days” when President Lyndon Johnson told him that the muckraking magazine Ramparts was about to expose one of the Agency’s best-kept secrets: a covert project to
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Hardcover, 552 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Yale University Press (first published January 13th 2015)
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Aaron Finestone
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing


In August 1967, I attended the Twentieth Congress of the National Student Association. NSA was supposed to be a federation of student governments representing colleges and universities across the United States.

In 1967, NSA's true character was oozing to the surface. That spring, Ramparts, a left-wing investigative magazine, had exposed how the Central Intelligence Agency had been subsidizing the NSA's international operations. A lot of soul searching went on during the Congress.

NSA had been no
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Mal Warwick
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
If you’re old enough, think back to the 1960s, that decade of endless turmoil and revelation. Though the CIA had been established in 1947, it wasn’t until 1962 that the agency came to the attention of most Americans, as a result of its disastrous handling of the US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Five years later, another CIA scandal broke: a carefully researched article in Ramparts magazine revealed that the agency had been funding the US National Student Association (NSA) for many years a ...more
Jackmccullough
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I was growing up in the 1960's my parents used to tell me stories about their activities in the National Student Association in the late 40's and early 50's. Liberal Democrats, they would tell us about parliamentary tactics deployed by Communist members to try to take control of the organization (late night quorum calls, for instance) and the efforts of anti-Communist liberals to prevent the organization converted to one whose activities would be dictated by the Soviet Union. I haven't seen ...more
Simei
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
As someone who wasn't even born when all this happened, reading about it was fascinating. It also spurred a lot of thought on how we should deal with government involvement in external organisations that shouldn't have that involvement. There were parts of the book when I had to flip back and forth between the text and the index of names at the back (inevitable given the sheer number of people and organisations involved) which could be a little vexing at times, but not really a point that detrac ...more
Tran
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Too many irrelevant details, lacking an overarching structure. Some tidbits of interesting information though.
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