LA Review of Books calls Professor Susan C. Seymour’s New Book “a classic biography of a distinguished American”

Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent, by Professor Susan C. SeymourLos Angeles Review of Books calls Pitzer Professor Susan C. Seymour‘s new book Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent“a classic biography of a distinguished American.”


“This book, ­Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent, deserves wide readership, and not only among anthropologists and historians (especially those interested in gay and lesbian histories and those interested in the history of ideas relating to political causes). It should be read by young adults, as well, who get too little history in school. The book speaks to the present war on terror, the hysteria around Islamophobia, and the revelatory whistleblowers who address governmental overreach. Susan Seymour makes clear the irony of a woman with principle — a patriotic American who attempted to see beyond the present — being first rewarded by her country and then defamed by its intelligence agencies for doing so. There are important contemporary lessons here. If we don’t know where we have come from, we can’t see where our country is heading, for good or for worse, as is made clear in this totally absorbing book.” – Laura Nader