Reflections on the History of Surveillance
Date and time: Wednesday 19 April, 6.30pm
Venue: Blackwells Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge
Prize-winning historian and intelligence expert Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, will discuss his new book on the story of surveillance in Britain and the United States, from the detective agencies of the late nineteenth century to ‘wikileaks’ and CIA whistle-blower Edward Snowden in the twenty-first.
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh. The founder of the Scottish Association for the Study of America, of which is he the current honorary president, he has also published widely on intelligence history, including The CIA and American Democracy (1989), The FBI: A History (2007), and In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence. He was the winner of the 2014 Neustadt Prize for the best UK book on American politics with The American Left: Its Impact on Politics and Society (2013). His new book is We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America (Oxford University Press, 13 April 2017) spans the American detective agencies of the late nineteenth century to the world of wikileaks and Edward Snowden in the twenty-first.