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The Einstein File

The FBI’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist - New Updated Edition

Einstein arrived in the United States in 1933, the year the Nazis rose to power in Germany. From that moment until he died in 1955, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI—with other agencies—feverishly collected “derogatory information” to undermine the renowned scientist’s influence and destroy his reputation.

With material accessed under the Freedom of Information Act, Fred Jerome reveals the depth of, and the reasons for, this massive anti-Einstein campaign. He also uncovers Einstein’s strong political commitments that have been conveniently buried under the image of the absent-minded icon genius. Whereas Einstein said on several occasions, “My life is divided between equations and politics,” Jerome delves into his little-known political half-life.

This new updated edition presents new information about Einstein’s political involvement and commitment, so detested by the FBI. This includes his very close relationship with Paul Robeson and their collaboration in fighting racism; his brilliant insights on Israel and Zionism; his opposition to nuclear weapons; and his life as an organizer. Fred Jerome concludes that if Einstein were around today, he “would put his knee to the ground with Colin Kaepernick, he would be front and centre in opposing the warmongers and the neo-McCarthyites, be they Democrats or Republicans, he would speak out against those who give themselves the right to recolonize Asia and Africa, he would probably be part of the BDS movement, and would surely call out the Confederate-flag-waving marchers in Charlottesville (and elsewhere).”

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Contributors

Fred Jerome

Fred Jerome is a veteran journalist and science writer. His work has appeared in publications, including Newsweek and The New York Times. He taught journalism at Columbia Journalism School, NYU and other universities. Jerome is also author of Einstein on Israel and Zionism and co-author of Einstein on Race and Racism.

Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka has been involved in grassroots organizing, international solidarity, and educating for over four decades. He was the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election.

David Suzuki

David Suzuki is a geneticist, broadcaster, and environmental activist. A Canadian of Japanese origin, he and his family were interned during World War II. His work as a broadcaster, particularly with CBC’s The Nature of Things made him a unique figure in science and television.
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Forewords: "Einstein and McCarthyism – Old and New" by Ajamu Baraka, "Squelching Scientists Then and Now" by David Suzuki ; 7 $0.70

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Preface. 8 $0.80

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Introduction. 6 $0.60

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This chapter offers some historical context, discusses some major events in the lives of Einstein and his family, Einstein’s political beliefs and criticisms in both the US and Europe, his … 49 $4.90

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This chapter explores Einstein’s reaction to– as well as broader conversations during the period surrounding– the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and developments in nuclear … 62 $6.20

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This chapter further explores the FBI’s interest in Einstein and his political beliefs and activism, and particularly his little-known support for civil rights and outspoken opposition to … 29 $2.90

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This chapter further discusses the FBI’s file on Einstein and Hoover’s anti-Einstein operation following the scientist’s public statements warning against the dangers of nuclear … 69 $6.90

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This chapter explores the early 1950s, the context of the McCarthy era/McCarthyism and the McCarthy/Hoover anti communist crusade, and Einstein’s life and position during this period. It … 41 $4.10

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Conclusion. 7 $0.70

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The author discusses the aftermath of the first publication of this book in 2002. He critiques Genius, the 2017 ten-part series on Einstein that aired on the National Geographic cable channel. He … 28 $2.80