Please Read This Book!

We’ve discussed the importance of American Betrayal here in the past, but JLH sends this reminder for those who have not yet read the book.

Please Read This Book!

by JLH

It’s the new McCarthyism! It’s a return to McCarthy!

I find this annoying but also amusing when I encounter it in the remarks of a left-leaning writer or politician. When I find it in the remarks of one of the many uninformed or oblivious as a parenthetical characterization, I am disappointed that there are so many of them.

But when I find it in the remarks of Republican members of Congress, or even in an essay in that most effective and informed conservative blog Breitbart, I vacillate between fury and the despair Kierkegaard referred to as “the sickness unto death.” How can it be that informed conservatives and constitutionalists are unaware of the serial vindication of Senator Joseph McCarthy — “Tailgunner Joe,” the presumptive creator of the “Red Scare”? And the REALITY of what he was uncovering when he was smeared and forced into a corner… the most memorable moment of which may have come in the Army-McCarthy hearings, when the army’s attorney Joseph Welch, reproached McCarthy for offering the information that a young man in Welch’s firm’s employ belonged to a suspect organization: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” This cry of apparent outrage in defense of a member of his own team has become a shibboleth of McCarthy foes ever since, used as though it applied to everything he had done.

How can anyone not know of the work of the distinguished academic, M. Stanton Evans: Stalin’s Secret Agents and Blacklisted by History; or of Vladimir Bukovsky, author of To Build a Castle and co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, and others. And if they were in fact ignorant of these and other figures who have offered a different perspective, how can they not know of Diana West’s 2013 book: American Betrayal: The Secret Assault On Our Nation’s Character.

Well, of course, it may be that “right-thinking” bookstore owners and librarians do not consider it fit for public display. The profit motive still works, though, as I found out when I ordered it through my local (need I say left-leaning, virtue-signaling) bookstore and, after reading it, donated it to my (ditto) library, because I knew they would not refuse a donation. For heaven’s sake, go find it in a public library, locate it on Amazon, just look it up online. But do not delay in finding and reading this meticulously annotated and devastating analysis of the McCarthy era, of the FDR administration, of everything you have not been told by all those who have an interest in keeping you ignorant and encouraging you to continue saying “McCarthyism” when you should be saying “socialism,” “elitism,” or “just plain damned ignorance.” So no one can say to you, “Have you no intelligence?”

And for those who do not know: before he became president, Ronald Reagan was president of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) where he spent considerable time and effort battling an attempt to turn it into a communist-leaning organization. It no doubt helped inform his opinions of communism and the “evil empire.” The evil lives on, empire or not, and we should be aware of it. We should also try not to betray ourselves by parroting the enemy’s mottos.

Finally, Diana West’s own blog — The Death of the Grownup — offers a stark argument for reading this book:

If the Soviet penetration of Washington, D.C., was so wide and so deep that it functioned like an occupation …

If, as a result of that occupation, American statecraft became an extension of Soviet strategy …

If the people who caught on — investigators, politicians, defectors — and tried to warn the American public were demonized, ridiculed and destroyed for the good of that occupation and to further that strategy …

And if the truth was suppressed by an increasingly complicit Uncle Sam …

Would you feel betrayed?

Well, would you?

For links to previous articles about the controversy over American Betrayal, see the Diana West Archives.

16 thoughts on “Please Read This Book!

  1. I bought the book when it first came out. Mea culpa for not writing about it here. Thanks for doing so.

  2. The book is so well documented and the reasoning so tight that you feel as if you have read a math book—no good arguments remain. She nailed the truth.

  3. It’s an excellent book. One key point to report is that the muslims are using the same tricks that the communists used, to perpetrate their clandestine takeover of the West. And that’s an important finding Diana West reveals in her book.

  4. McCarthy was right. At worst, he was a bit ahead of his time and exaggerated a bit.

    I was the usual brainwashed person, years ago. Then I met one of his “victims”. He was an annoying, far-left, doctrinaire Stalinist. Sadly, he found an academic position in Canada, which is how I met him. That’s when I started thinking that there *was* something real to this McCarthy fellow.

    No wonder Canadian academia is far-fascist-left, with these kinds of “imports”.

  5. Her new book ‘Red Thread…..’ is equally compelling on left effort to subvert the Trump presidency.

  6. Has anyone read ‘The Death of the Grown-Up’ ??

    Wondering what you thought of it. I saw it as I looked for American Betrayal.

    • It was prescient. I still go back to it sometimes, as the children have begun running higher education.

  7. Am I alone in suspecting that West’s original intent in “betrayal” was to document Islamic penetration of US Government policy since Carter through 9/11? Then, in researching that topic, she stumbled onto Venona , McCarthy and the Huge, ignored amount of Soviet penetration of the 30’s,40’s AND 50’s USA .
    Writing that incredible book has been an enormous ‘stable’ to be cleaned out–and she has done an admirable job, indeed. Not the least is showing how much of Communist influence remains–and with whom.

    I would love to see her tackle that original task. I just hope that as a nation, we have enough time to spare.

    • IIRC, you are right in your delineation of Diana West’s original intent. Once her research got going though, it led in a very different, even more appalling direction. You are astute.

      However, Betrayal took so much out of her, not to mention the YUGE pushback from surprising places – e.g., National Review and some authors on American Thinker, Bigs at Pajamas Media, etc. just to name a few. I cannot imagine there is enough left to do the deep research her original intent would require.

      M. Stanton Evans, one of her guides, warned Diana West it would be ugly, but I think even he was surprised by the breadth and depth of the pushback.

  8. ‘The Iron Curtain’: a movie

    Here is an entertaining movie of 1948 which chronicles part of the true story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko. He was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada. Some experts believe this incident helped ignite the Cold War. The US government also learned much from him which helped to uncover the extent of Soviet espionage in the US.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea-mphnYh-4

  9. A life charging read. Top read of my 70+ years. Follow up with M. Stanton Evans, “Blacklisted by History” and Whitaker Chambers “Witness”. Armed with truth, read “Inside the Criminal Mind” by S. Samenow. You will know our so-called Democrats, and Rinos, very, very well.

  10. I have read “American Betrayal” several times. It gives a horrendous account of not only Soviet penetration, but concessions and downright submission by officials in the West. By far the most egregious was the US military after the German surrender. They had encountered American prisoners on Soviet prisoner camps in their immediate vicinity. Instead of giving the Russians an ultimatum: release our soldiers or prepare for another war, the US military, including Eisenhower, simply ordered the US troops to back down and move off.

    The fact that the incident occurred after the German surrender is telling. West does not explore adequately, in my opinion, the possibility that US officials were acting genuinely in what they thought was the best interest of the US, and that was to keep Russia in the fight at all costs. This is an alternative explanation to West’s thesis, which is that Soviet agents actually dictated US policy. A thesis is always best supported by contrasting it to the next most likely hypothesis. Since the US prisoner incident occurred after the surrender, this alternative hypothesis of the motivations behind US compliance with Russian abuses does not apply.

    Diana West’s book, The Red Flag documents the intense Marxist background of many of the Deep State players trying to remove Trump. I think the case that communists in Russia are still pulling strings is fuzzy at best. West gives a quote from some Russian leader that part of their strategy to advance communism is to lull the West into complacency by pulling back from the USSR empire. My own view is that cultural Marxism fits very nicely with a semi-competent bureaucratic apparatchik like Mueller, and their actions do not necessarily need a puppeteer hand from Moscow.

    I still have no idea why nominal conservatives like David Horowitz and Ronald Radosh seemed to take her book as personally offensive. Factually, her book seems to be impeccable. As I indicated, you can dispute the thesis of her conclusion without denigrating the research and facts presented in it.

  11. By the way, I accessed the “topical” category of the GoV index. I noticed that all of the links concerning “rebuttal” pulled up a general index on rebuttal on the Breitbart website. Is there a problem with the GoV links? I remember the correspondence on the rebuttals on GoV, and not only the rebuttals, but the comments were very valuable.

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