Red Scare: FBI and the Origins of Anticommunism in the United States
by Regin Schmidt
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press 2004
Number of pages: 391
The anticommunist crusade of the FBI and its legendary director J. Edgar Hoover during the McCarthy era and the Cold War has attracted much attention from historians, but little is known about the Bureau’s political activities during its formative years. This book breaks new ground by tracing the roots of the FBI’s political surveillance to the involvement of the Bureau’s predecessor, the Bureau of Investigation (BI) in the nation’s first period of communist-hunting, the ‘Red Scare’ after World War I.
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