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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."
-- Vladimir Bukovsky, author of To Build a Castle and co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Strom.
"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.
“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
"Diana West's new book rewrites WWII and Cold War history not by disclosing secrets, but by illuminating facts that have been hidden in plain sight for decades. Furthermore, she integrates intelligence and political history in ways never done before."
-- Jeffrey Norwitz, former professor of counterterrorism, Naval War College
"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
If you're looking for something to read, this is the most dazzling, mind-warping book I have read in a long time. It has been criticized by the folks at Front Page, but they don't quite get what Ms. West has set out to do and accomplished. I have a whole library of books on communism, but -- "Witness" excepted -- this may be the best.
-- 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
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
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.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 7:22 AM
Halloween seems like the appropriate day to bring up the eternal masquerade of Hollywood's communists and fellow-travellers as freedom-loving small-"d" democrats. And this Halloween is particularly timely given we are at the 60th anniversary of the House Committee of Un-American Activities hearings (HCUA, by the way, not HUAC, as it is commonly called, I really do think, because HUAC carries a more sinister sound than HCUA). Turner Classic Movies marked the occasion last night with an all-night festival of movies by the Hollywood Ten, who, of course, remain eternal icons of the Left for "refusing to name names" of members of a world communist movement--a movement which the same Left adamantly refuses to admit the existence of. Oh well. That's history, Hollywood-style, for you.
Of course, that same Hollywood narrative is our national gospel. At View from the Right, Lawrence Auster has been exploring the historic event in a series of posts, including analysis by Spencer Warren.
I'd like to add what I learned while researching the nasty controversy over Elia Kazan's special Oscar in 1999. Kazan, of course, "named names," and was culturally ostracized for it--as were many other Hollywood people. Indeed, it didn't take long before there was an unofficial blacklist in operation that sent Hollywood conservatives either into the closet or off to the unemployment office, (And I know that because my father was a Hollywood conservative.)
Ultimately, the sole member of the Hollywood Ten to decide to cooperate with government investigators was director Edward Dmytryk. In his absolutely marvelous memoir, Odd Man Out, he explains his change of heart and mind. What Dmytryk makes clear is the twisted thinking that has prevailed since the days of the Blacklist.
The thinking goes like this: Those who "named names," such as Kazan, and, later, Dmytyrk, disclosed the identities of secretly organized Americans who were willing participants in a conspiracy guided by Moscow. This, according to the conventional wisdom to this day, is a far greater crime than participating in the conspiracy itself. That's twisted.
Dmytryk wrote: "What thousands of liberals have believed since [the Blacklist] was that one must allow a seditious Party to destroy one's country rather than expose the men or women who are the Party. In other words, naming names is a greater crime than subversion. That's what I call the `Mafia Syndrome,' and I find no shame or indignity in rejecting it."