Spy Schools

Spy Schools

How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities

Book - 2017
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden exposes how academia has become a major target of foreign and domestic espionage--and why that is troubling news for our nation's security and democratic values.

Grounded in extensive research and reporting, Spy Schools reveals that globalization--the influx of foreign students and professors and the outflow of Americans for study, teaching, and conferences abroad--has transformed U.S. higher education into a front line for international spying. In labs, classrooms, and auditoriums, intelligence services from countries like China, Russia, and Cuba seek insights into U.S. policy, recruits for clandestine operations, and access to sensitive military and civilian research. The FBI and CIA reciprocate, tapping international students and faculty as informants. Universities ignore or even condone this interference, despite the tension between their professed global values and the nationalistic culture of espionage.

Taking advantage of patriotic fervor and fear in the wake of 9/11, the CIA and other security agencies have infiltrated almost every aspect of academic culture and enlist professors, graduate students, and even undergraduates to moonlight as spies. Golden uncovers shocking campus activity--from the CIA placing agents undercover in Harvard Kennedy School classes and staging academic conferences to persuade Iranian nuclear scientists to defect, to a Chinese graduate student at Duke Universitystealing research for an invisibility cloak, and a tiny liberal arts college in Marietta, Ohio, exchanging faculty with China's most notorious spy school--to show how relentlessly and ruthlessly both U.S. and foreign intelligence services are penetrating the ivory tower.

Golden, the acclaimed author of The Price of Admission , unmasks this secret culture of espionage and its consequences at home and abroad.

Publisher: New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2017]
ISBN: 9781627796354
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 15, 2018

Strongly recommend against this book.
This book was most annoying and confusing: the author constantly qualifies, then re-qualifies, then re-re-qualifies, et cetera, to the point you can't understand his point!
The author, Golden, is a senior editor with propublica, a site I have very mixed feelings about; I appreciate when the outstanding journalism of Lee Fang appears there [and also at The Intercept from time to time], but too much of their stories are typical establishment, no-news, pieces.
By the end of the book one finally realizes what it's about: an excuse and apology for China' spying and espionage?!
The author mentions Mao's despicably clever ruse back in 1956: he invited criticism from the masses, then when anyone offered any valid criticism, he immediately classified them as dissidents and sent them to labor camps!
Of course, a few years back when the Olympics were held in China, the gov't invited criticism for their razing of neighborhoods, and a large women's group came forward and were promptly all arrested!
Not only has little changed since 1956, it has gotten far worse under Emperor Xi Jinping, who routinely disappears large groups of Chinese [the last group were student activist leaders working to form unions].
Very negative on this book and now this author.


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