Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution

Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution

by Arthur M. Eckstein

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A startling history of the forlorn war between the Weather Underground and the FBI, based on interviews and 30,000 pages of previously unreleased FBI documents

In the summer of 1970 and for years after, photos of Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and other members of the Weather Underground were emblazoned on FBI wanted posters. In Bad Moon Rising, Arthur Eckstein details how Weather began to engage in serious, ideologically driven, nationally coordinated political violence and how the FBI attempted to monitor, block, and capture its members—and failed. Eckstein further shows that the FBI ordered its informants inside Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) to support the faction that became Weather during the tumultuous June 1969 SDS convention, helping to destroy the organization; and that  the FBI first underestimated Weather’s seriousness, then overestimated its effectiveness, and how Weather outwitted them. Eckstein reveals how an obsessed and panicked President Nixon and his inner circle sought to bypass a cautious J. Edgar Hoover, contributing to the creation of the rogue Plumbers Unit that eventually led to Watergate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300224603
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 589 KB

About the Author

Arthur M. Eckstein is professor of history and distinguished scholar-teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 "Angels of Destruction and Disorder" 11

2 "We Sentence the Government to Death" 46

3 "A Menace of National Proportions" 97

4 "Our Own Doors Are Being Threatened" 127

5 "The Hoover Cutoff" 150

6 "Hunt Them to Exhaustion" 182

7 "One Lawbreaker Has Been Pursued by Another" 210

Conclusion 236

Notes 259

Acknowledgments 329

Index 332

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