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The Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist Paperback – June 17, 2003
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of Albert Einstein as an absentminded, head-in-the-clouds-genius.
Though Einstein is arguably the most widely covered, continuing
science story in history and is most noted for his scientific
theories that transformed our view of the universe. This book
chronicles the life of an Einstein that the masses knew nothing
about. An Einstein described as a troublemaker, an agitator, a
fervent pacifist, a socialist, and an open critic of racism.
Einstein arrived in the United States in 1933, the year of
the Nazi's ascent to power in Germany, and became the focus of
J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. And by any means necessary the FBI amassed
a 'file cabinet' of information on him. Fred Jerome stumbled on
documents that addressed Einstein as a Spy and a Kidnap Plotter.
And a dossier where Jerome discovered the political dimension of
Albert Einstein's life and his intense commitment to social justice.
Jerome says when he realized how much had not been told to us about
the life of the 'Man of the Century', he felt as though he had been
robbed. This is not another biography of Einstein, some two hundred
have already been written. It is a window opened by the FBI on the
nature of Einstein's politics, the depth of his public involvement,
and the generosity of his endorsements of organizations he supported.
And it is this activism that made Hoover's Bureau consider Einstein
dangerous. This book reveals information that makes one think the
history we know is sanitized, and what we don't know is at times
appalling.Read more ›
Einstein emerges in this book as far more than a smart mathematician. He was a good and wise man. That so much of our government's power was engaged in an effort to discredit him is frightening.
Einstein experienced the Nazi's rise to power first hand. He could see the similarities between their anti-Semitism and our own racism. He had seen the Nazis attack the Communists and quash dissent. Einstein was a long time Pacifist, but he supported the war against the Nazis, even to the point of suggesting to FDR that we develop the Atomic Bomb before Hitler could.
Einstein was never a Communist. He valued his freedom of thought and expression too much. He saw how dangerous narrow nationalism could be and that it could threaten democracy. Einstein and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt were strong supporters of the United Nations and Human Rights. This earned both extensive FBI files, along with Martin Luther King Jr., whose Civil Rights efforts were also seen as a threat by Hoover.
After World War II, Nazis were eagerly embraced as anti-Communists and recruited into the growing "intelligence community". Einstein, an avowed Socialist, was feared to be, if not actually "Red" at least "Pink", and not to be trusted. If he had not been so well known and loved, he would surely have been stripped of his citizenship and deported. Hoover certainly tried. Fortunately for Einstein, there was no real evidence at all against him, just allegations from completely unreliable sources, innuendo and irrational fear.
Today, the flames of irrational fear are again being fanned in our country. Fear is again being used to justify injustice and erode our civil liberties. Everyone should read this book, and take it as a warning.
Albert Einstein was clearly a good man and it is becoming rather apparent that J. Edgar Hoover was not.
When people complain about how their tax dollars are spent, I don't understand why organization like the FBI and the CIA are so defended by so many. Are these people just not informed?
I know that even history is not always accurate or in some cases even rather political and deceptive but so many people can't be lying about Hoover and these secretive organizations of ours.
We are beginning to make the Communists look reasonable. I can hardly believe all this and I just don't see how so many others can be in this state of denial. I don't get it.
Richard Edward Noble - The Hobo Philosopher - Author of:
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
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An outstanding insight into the maniacal and racist attitudes and actions of J. EDGAR HOOVER. Hoover should have gone to jail, as his own staff later stated.Published 7 months ago by STING1
This is a great piece of research. Jerome does a super job of showing how really nuts Hoover was. Thank God Truman won the '48 election otherwise we may have wound up with Jedgar... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by dodger1b
This book is both insightful about the FBI under J Edgar Hoover and Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein was clearly a great man as a scientist and as a humanitarian. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Whetstone Guy
It seems that wherever there is darkness in modern American history, our cross-dressing, fascist, homosexual, voyeur, and "number one" law enforcement officer for life -- J. Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by Herbert L Calhoun
This is an easy-to-read, in-depth exploration of how right-wing ideology and right-wing political forces damaged the US during the 20th century. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Eric Brown