The Einstein File - New Updated Edition

The FBI's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist

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The Einstein File - 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 center 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).”

Author: 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.

Praise

“This carefully researched and reported account of Einstein’s surveillance by the FBI adds, new, what Einstein might call ‘dimension,’ not only to his personal history but maybe even to our own present-day character as a nation, conceived as it was in the moral vacuum of the McCarthy era, shaped by the Cold War and too many ill-conceived adventures overseas, come to maturity in this current precarious hour. Sometimes what worries the FBI can also serve as a clue to what, somewhere back in our national soul, lingering and toxic, has been eating away at us. In redeeming from the forces favoring general amnesia this essential set of connections, Fred Jerome has given us back a piece of our history, and hopefully of our conscience as well.”— Thomas Pynchon

Table des matières

Table des matières
The Einstein File - New Updated Edition 1
Contents 9
Einstein and McCarthyism – Old and New 11
Squelching Scientists Then and Now 15
Preface 19
Introduction 27
PART 1 31
Discovering America 31
1. “What’s This, an Inquisition?” 33
2. Flashback 44
3. Refugee 54
4. Banned from the Bomb 66
PART II 83
Postwar Fallout 83
5. Emergency Committee 85
6. American Crusade to End Lynching 99
7. The Einstein Watch 115
8. Right Time 123
PART III 147
Guilt by Associations 147
9. The List 149
10. Du Bois and Robeson 154
11. How Red? 165
PART IV 179
Operation “Get Einstein” 179
12. “Eleanor Could Have Triggered It…” 181
13. Spy Hunt: Fuchs 189
14. Far Out 210
15. Spy Hunt 2: Operation Cable-Drop 216
16. “Undesirable Alien” 239
PART V 251
Denouement 251
17. Turning Tides 253
18. The Unraveling 275
19. Einstein the Spy? 285
Conclusion 295
Postscript 303
Appendix 305
Author’s Update 307
What’s New? 312
Einstein the anti-racist and the people of Witherspoon Street 313
Einstein, a cultural Zionist opposed to political Zionism and the Founding of a Jewish State 317
Einstein’s got mail (and there’s a lot to learn) 319
2018 and Going Forward 326
Einstein as Organizer 328
“If this be Treason....” 331
Einstein is Subject of an FBI “Treason” File 331
PREFACE 337
INTRODUCTION 337
Notes 337
1. “WHAT’S THIS, AN INQUISITION?” 338
2. FLASHBACK 340
3. REFUGEE 341
4. BANNED FROM THE BOMB 343
5. EMERGENCY COMMITTEE 345
6. AMERICAN CRUSADE TO END LYNCHING 349
7. THE EINSTEIN WATCH 351
8. RIGHT TIME 351
9. THE LIST 353
10. DU BOIS AND ROBESON 354
11. HOW RED? 355
12. “ELEANOR COULD HAVE TRIGGERED IT…” 359
13. SPY HUNT 1: FUCHS 360
14. FAR OUT 361
15. SPY HUNT 2: OPERATION CABLE-DROP 361
16. “UNDESIRABLE ALIEN” 364
17. TURNING TIDES 365
18. THE UNRAVELING 368
19. EINSTEIN THE SPY? 369
CONCLUSION 370
POSTSCRIPT 371
Sources on Einstein 373
Acknowledgments 385
Index 389