By Mike Keen
It is now universal wisdom that the FBI and its long-time director, J. Edgar Hoover, have been answerable for the production of a big inner safeguard equipment that undermined the very ideas of freedom and democracy they have been sworn to guard. whereas not anyone was once above suspicion, Hoover looks to have held a different disdain for sociologists and put a lot of sociology's so much favourite American figures less than surveillance. utilizing records received throughout the Freedom of data Act, this quantity portrays the FBI's stalking of the sociological mind's eye, providing a close account of its investigations in the context of an summary of the heritage of yankee sociology. This groundbreaking research of a formerly hidden bankruptcy of yankee highbrow heritage means that the actions of Hoover and the FBI marginalized serious sociologists resembling W.E.B. Du Bois and C. Wright turbines, suppressed the improvement of a Marxist culture in American sociology, and certain driven the mainstream of the self-discipline clear of a critique of yank society and in the direction of a extra quantitative and medical course. the writer additionally turns sociology again upon the FBI, utilizing the writings and ideas of the very sociologists Hoover had less than surveillance to ascertain and clarify the excesses of the Bureau and its boss.