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

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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 9.5 X 1.4 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author
Karen M. Paget, a former member of the National Student Association, is a contributing editor to The American Prospect and co-author of Running as a Woman: Gender and Power in American Politics..
"Karen Paget's Patriotic Betrayal cinematically evokes the passionate and often ruthless struggle for young hearts and minds at the height of the Cold War. Comprehensive, fair-minded, and a compulsive read, Patriotic Betrayal is destined to be a classic study of the CIA's unprecedented intervention into US student affairs and its far-reaching consequences at home and abroad."--TIMOTHY NAFTALI--Timothy Naftali
"The CIA's infiltration of the National Student Association is the most egregious example in American history of governmental intervention in American civil society. Karen M. Paget's exhaustively researched, deftly paced, and beautifully written study is not only the definitive study of this episode in American history, but will force a reinterpretation of the hidden dynamics of the domestic cold war."--Richard Gid Powers, author of Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism, and Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover--Richard Gid Powers
"Written with a lightness of touch that belies the huge research on which it is based, Patriotic Betrayal is a compulsive read. You will be astounded, educated and entertained."--Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, author of The CIA and American Democracy
--Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
"A dramatic insider's account of how the CIA turned the National Student Association--unknown to most of its young, idealistic members--into a covert operational arm of the CIA, financed secretly through a web of foundation fronts. Patriotic Betrayal is an important and impressively documented contribution to the history of the Cold War."--DAVID WISE, author of Tiger Trap: America's SecretSpy War with China, and coauthor of The Invisible Government
--David Wise
"Extraordinarily well-researched, constantly original, and extremely valuable, Patriotic Betrayal offers a fascinating portrayal of post-World War II American political culture in microcosm."--HUGH WILFORD, author of The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America
--Hugh Wilford
"The creation of the CIA in 1947 specifically barred it from domestic activities. We might as well believe in the tooth fairy. The extent and breadth of the CIA's activities is filled with illegal domestic activities, fraught with duplicity, stupidity, and self-serving explanations. Never mind that it corroded innocent activities and did significant harm to the U.S.'s reputation and international standing. PatrioticBetrayal is an insightful, incredible tale; it should leave you shaking your head at the true and appalling story this essential book tells."--STANLEY KUTLER, author of Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes and The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon
--Stanley Kutler