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American Betrayal

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"This explosive book is a long-needed answer to court histories that continue to obscure key facts about our backstage war with Moscow. Must-reading for serious students of security issues and Cold War deceptions, both foreign and domestic."

-- M. Stanton Evans, author of Stalin's Secret Agents and Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies

"[West] only claims `to connect the dots,' which is a very modest description of the huge and brilliant work she has obviously done. ... It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history."

-- Vladimir Bukovsky, author of To Build a Castle and co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Storm.

"Every once in a while, something happens that turns a whole structure of preconceived ideas upside down, shattering tales and narratives long taken for granted, destroying prejudice, clearing space for new understanding to grow. Diana West's latest book, American Betrayal, is such an event."
 
-- Henrik Raeder Clausen, Europe News

"No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... It all adds up to a story so disturbing that it has changed my attitude to almost everything I think about how the world actually is."

-- Steven Kates, Quadrant

Her task is ambitious; her sweep of crucial but too-little-known facts of history is impressive; and her arguments are eloquent and witty. ... American Betrayal is one of those books that will change the way many of us see the world.

-- Susan Freis Falknor, Blue Ridge Forum

“What Diana West has done is to dynamite her way through several miles of bedrock. On the other side of the tunnel there is a vista of a new past. Of course folks are baffled. Few people have the capacity to take this in. Her book is among the most well documented I have ever read. It is written in an unusual style viewed from the perspective of the historian—but it probably couldn’t have been done any other way.”

-- Lars Hedegaard, historian, editor, Dispatch International

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-- Jeffrey Norwitz, former professor of counterterrorism, Naval War College

Diana West’s American Betrayal — a remarkable, novel-like work of sorely needed historical re-analysis — is punctuated by the Cassandra-like quality of “multi-temporal” awareness. ... But West, although passionate and direct, is able to convey her profoundly disturbing, multi-temporal narrative with cool brilliance, conjoining meticulous research, innovative assessment, evocative prose, and wit.

-- Andrew G. Bostom, PJ Media

Do not be dissuaded by the controversy that has erupted around this book which, if you insist on complete accuracy, would be characterized as a disinformation campaign.

-- Jed Babbin, The American Spectator

The most important anti-Communist book of our time.

-- J.R. Nyquist, contributor, And Reality Be Damned ... What Media Didn't Tell You about the End of the Cold War and the Fall of Communism in Europe

The polemics against your Betrayal have a familiar smell: The masters of the guild get angry when someone less worthy than they are ventures into the orchard in which only they are privileged to harvest. The harvest the outsider brought in, they ritually burn.

-- Hans Jansen, former professor of Islamic Thought, University of Utrecht 

West's lesson to Americans: Reality can't be redacted, buried, fabrictaed, falsified, or omitted. Her book is eloquent proof of it.

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In American Betrayal, Ms. West's well-established reputation for lacking "sacred cows" remains intact. The resulting beneficiaries are the readers, especially those who can deal with the truth.

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Enlightening. I give American Betrayal five stars only because it is not possible to give it six.

-- John Dietrich, formerly of the Defense Intelligence Agency and author of The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy.

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-- Jack Cashill, author of Deconstructing Obama: The Lives, Loves and Letters of America's First Postmodern President and First Strike: TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America

Diana West masterfully reminds us of what history is for: to suggest action for the present. She paints for us the broad picture of our own long record of failing to recognize bullies and villains. She shows how American denial today reflects a pattern that held strongly in the period of the Soviet Union. She is the Michelangelo of Denial.

-- Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

American Betrayal is a monumental achievement. Brilliant and important.

-- Monica Crowley, Fox News analyst, radio host and author of What the Bleep Just Happened: The Happy Warriors Guide to the Great American Comeback

"If you haven't read Diana West's "American Betrayal" yet, you're missing out on a terrific, real-life thriller."

-- Brad Thor, author of the New York Times bestsellers Hidden Order, Black List and The Last Patriot.


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Feb 5

Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 2:07 PM 

Tiffany Gabbay of The Blaze sums up today's tumultuous news of the assassination attempt on Lars Hedegaard, editor of Dispatch International:

Danish free speech advocate and critic of radical Islam, Lars Hedegaard, survived an assassination attempt by a gunman Tuesday at his Copenhagen home.

Hedegaard’s partner, Swedish journalist Ingrid Carlqvist, told TheBlaze that the young man appeared to be of Arab descent and that she and Hedegaard are certain the motives for the attack stem from the launch of their new weekly newspaper, “Dispatch International,” which contains content critical of radical Islam.

Hedegaard was shaken but not physically injured in the attack at his apartment, where a gunman, posed as a deliveryman, rang the doorbell under the pretense that he had a package to deliver. When Hedegaard opened the front door, the man pulled out a gun and began firing.

“The bullet flew past my right ear, after which I attacked him and punched him in the face, which made him lose the gun,” Hedegaard told the AP. Carlqvist said that the gunman attempted to shoot twice more but that the assailant’s gun jammed each time.

“I am so happy that he was such a lousy shooter, that he missed.” Carlqvist told TheBlaze. “The bullet went right beside Lars’ head. It is really a miracle that Lars is alive.”

Those who have followed the Islamist-led carnage surrounding Danish cartoons of Muhammed might be familiar with Hedegaard, a journalist, scholar, and leading advocate for free speech as it relates to Islam. As president of the the Danish Free Press Society and The International Free Press Society (IFPS ), Hedegaard has consistently come under fire for refusing to capitulate to those seeking to silence voices critical of Islam’s radical elements.

Hedegaard’s role in the IFPS is not what Carlqvist believes is the problem, however. “He [Hedegaard] has been chairman for ten years,” she told TheBlaze. “We are sure the attack has everything two do with the weekly newspaper.”

At the end of 2012, the duo launched Dispatch International online, which contains articles in English, Swedish and Danish, spanning a range of topics, including Islam. The print version was just launched in January and is now due to complete its sixth installment.

“We do have a point of view critical of Islam,” Carlqvist noted before stressing that the ethnicity of the shooter, who she and Hedegaard believe to be Arab, “is crucial information” that directly correlates to the attack.

She added that police have sequestered Hedegaard away to a secure location and that, for safety reasons, he may not be able to return to his apartment for an unknown period of time.

“I can’t go to my house tonight either,” she told TheBlaze. “If they want to shoot the Danish editor in chief, then they want to shoot the Swedish editor in chief.”

Despite concerns of retribution from the Islamist-community, Carlqvist emphatically stated that she and Hedegaard are undeterred in their course.

“We are more determined than ever with the [goals of] our newspaper,” she said.

Mirroring Carlqvist’s sentiments, Hedegaard was able to send TheBlaze the following statement explaining that he will, under no uncertain terms, alter his course concerning Islam.  

“What was the truth yesterday remains truth today,” he said.

The print edition of International Dispatch is available in Swedish only, but the subscription-based online version is available in English.

Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called the attack “despicable” and noted that “it is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard to use his freedom of expression.”

Fellow free speech advocate Geert Wilders echoed the prime minister’s sentiments via Twitter, stating that the attack was “terrible” and that his “thoughts are with him.”

The Free Press Society said it was “shaken and angry,” but “relieved that the perpetrator did not succeed.”

Information concerning the attack, particularly the motives and description of the assailant have not been widely reported. Carlqvist indicated that Danish media has in fact reported that the shooter is Arab or Arab-looking, but that both Swedish and international media, perhaps for reasons of political correctness, are refraining from mentioning what they believe to be the shooter’s ethnicity.

Additionally, most reports regarding the attack state that Hedegaard had been “fined 5,000 kroner ($1,000) in 2011 for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims.” The mainstream reports to date have not included, however, the fact that in 2012 the Danish Supreme Court acquitted Hedegaard of all charges, striking down his conviction 7–0.

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