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Compromised Campus: The Collaboration of Universities with the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955 Hardcover – June 18, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0195053821 ISBN-10: 0195053826 Edition: 1ST

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A detailed investigation of the extent to which American universities, Harvard and Yale in particular, collaborated with government intelligence agencies in monitoring and suppressing political dissent in the early cold war period. In 1954, Diamond (Sociology and History/Columbia) was fired from Harvard by Dean McGeorge Bundy for failing to show ``complete candor'' about his past association with the Communist Party. The issue resurfaced in 1977 with the publication of Seymour Martin Lipset and David Riesman's Education and Politics at Harvard, which portrayed the university as standing firm against the anticommunist hysteria of the McCarthy period. A long-running controversy ensued when Diamond charged in The New York Review of Books that his experience placed Harvard's integrity on this point in question. Here, Diamond looks beyond his own case to the broader question of how far Harvard and Yale were complicit, despite their official neutrality, in FBI and CIA surveillance and manipulation. The existence is alleged of an ``intelligence-university complex,'' a discreet but active partnership between university authorities and the intelligence agencies. At Harvard, the Russian Research Center was intimately linked with the CIA, Diamond argues, while at both Harvard and Yale the FBI recruited college officials, faculty, and students to inform the agency of any left-tending unorthodoxies in the political views of their fellows. A glittering cast of informants includes Harvard President James B. Conant, Henry Kissinger, and William F. Buckley, Jr. (Buckley is given star billing, with a chapter all to himself describing how he could not find God at Yale, but found J. Edgar Hoover instead). Diamond's evidence is carefully assembled, and much of it comes from the FBI's own files, despite the limitations of the Freedom of Information Act. (The book is interesting for its account of these censorship difficulties alone.) Persuasively argued and thoroughly documented, this is clearly no mere set of unfounded allegations. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


"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

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