When I began publishing work on anthropologists and the Cold War and was
not sure ­whether to do a single book spanning the materials covered in this
volume, Threatening Anthropology, and Anthropological Intelligence, three wise ­
women (Nina Glick-­ S chiller, Janice Harper, and Laura Nader) in­de­pen­dently
told me to break the stories up into separate volumes and to lead with the Mc-
Carthy story. Janice Harper explic­ i tly told me that anthropologists love stories
in which we are victims (McCarthyism) but ­won’t like being shown as “collabo-
rators.” I had no idea it would take me two de­cades of largely unfunded, but
highly rewarding, research to document this story.
The influences for this proj­ect are broad, but the seeds for ­ t hese volumes ­
were planted three de­cades ago when I was an undergraduate reading the work
of June Nash, Laura Nader, Delmos Jones, Joseph Jorgenson, Gerry Berreman,
Eric Wolf, and ­others on how power­ful forces and organizations like the cia
and the Pentagon have directed anthropological inquiries. My gradu­ate work
with Marvin Harris strengthened my writing and focused my attention on
political-­economic forces shaping the worlds in which anthropological knowl-
edge was produced and consumed. My years as a pre-­Internet ­ human-­Google
working as Marvin’s research assistant in his largely abandoned campus office
found me surrounded by his old 1960s and early 1970s issues of the American
Anthropological Association Fellows Newsletter, reading accounts of some of the
history recorded ­ here. Though Marvin Harris and Marshall Sahlins famously
clashed over significant epistemological differences, and even with my clear
links to Harris, Sahlins has encouraged me and supported my efforts to docu-
ment ­ t hese past connections between anthropologists and military and intel-
ligence agencies.
My friendship and work with Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair and
writing for CounterPunch strengthened my writing voice, and helped me connect
what are often misunderstood as separate academic and po­liti­cal worlds. Nina
Glick-­Schiller was the first editor to take my po­liti­cal historical work seriously
enough to get me into print without dampening my critique; her encourage-
ment and support helped me continue to work on a topic that most editors
found intriguing but ­ w ere hesitant to publish (see Price 1998). I am deeply grateful
for the editorial guidance and friendship provided by Gustaaf Houtman, who
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