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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.

-- Wes Vernon, Renew America

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-- John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

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.

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

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.


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?

Now available from St. Martin's Press, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character

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Written by: Diana West
Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:41 AM 

The sidebar to my Dispatch International article introducing European readers to Blacklisted by HIstory (2007) by M. Stanton Evans, and Stalin's Secret Agents (2012) by M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein, is now no longer behind the subscription wall. This second part provides synopses of some of the sensational findings Evans and Romerstein published in the new book.

Alger Hiss
The treachery of Hiss, the most famous Soviet military intelligence agent/State Department official, is now grudgingly accepted (after decades of warlike controversy). The conventional wisdom, however, still holds that Hiss did little at the final wartime Yalta conference of the so-called Big Three (Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin).

Not true, as Evans and Romerstein discovered in previously unpublished portions of the papers of Secretary of State Edward Stettinius. Hiss, they write, was instead “an outspoken participant” at Yalta, and often at a ministerial level. His expertise on matters the then-brand-new and ill-equipped Secretary of State had no familiarity with also caused Stettinius to rely on him.

One source of information regarding Hiss’ active and expert role comes from interviews with Walter Johnson, the editor of Stettinius’s wartime memoir. Stettinius makes it clear, for example, that he knew nothing about the Yalta agreement permitting Germans to be sent as slave labor to the USSR in the name of war reparations. These same documents reveal a pattern of deference to Hiss. “See Alger, and we’ll discuss it again,” Stettinius wrote, regarding German slave labor. On the occupation of Germany, Stettinius wrote: “Hiss would remember. Consult him.” On the question of who drafted the Yalta Declaration on Liberated Europe: “Alger Hiss again.” On voting arrangements for the United Nations: “See Alger Hiss about this.”
 
Pearl Harbor

Even before the U.S. entered the war, a Soviet influence operation spanning two continents was underway. The objective? To ensure that Japan wouldn't attack the USSR. In Tokyo, ace Soviet agent Richard Sorge (a German) and his cohorts sought to convince Japanese policymakers that it was better to attack British, Dutch or American interests in the Pacific than Soviet interests. In Washington, White House assistant/Soviet agent Lauchlin Currie and others were simultaneously lobbying FDR against compromise with Japan, a rapprochement that might have freed Japan to attack the USSR. As disclosed by former KGB officer Vitaly Pavlov in the 1990s, Pavlov traveled to Washington to call on Assistant Secretary of the Treasure Harry Dexter White, a Soviet agent, to see to it that diplomatic language crafted in Moscow to aggravate Japan was inserted into the US-Japan cable flow. White was able to oblige. Soon after the Pavlov-White talking points were cabled to Japan, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and America entered World War II.

China

With Japan in retreat by mid-1943, Moscow’s agents began efforts to shift Allied support away from Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek toward the Communists under Mao. Treasury staffers including Harry Dexter White and Solomon Adler (both Soviet agents) led a propaganda campaign tarring Chiang as a “fascist” who wasn’t fighting the Japanese (untrue), and boosting Mao as a “democrat” who was fighting the Japanese (also untrue). These same agents, for example, were able to delay and shrink a promised US loan to Chiang of $200 million in gold. Teasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau (no Soviet agent but a very “useful fool”) frequently consulted on such matters with Soviet agents White, Adler and their colleague V. Frank Coe, another Communist agent.The authors further discovered that anti-Chiang influence was so effective that a plot to assassinate Chiang was devised, but not implemented, by President Roosevelt himself or his top advisors.

Betrayal in the Balkans

Vilifying anti-Communist allies as “fascist” or “collaborator” was a technique used to great effect by Soviet agents, and not just in China. Poland suffered on many occasions from such disinformation. Another example was Serbian General Draza Mihailovich, the anti-Nazi and anti-Communist leader of the Chetniks whom the Allies supported early in the war. After Tito emerged as the Communist leader in Yugoslavia, Communist operators in the US and in Britain began pushing a pro-Tito, anti-Mihailovich message. These operators included James Klugmann, British intelligence’s point man on Yugoslavia and a skillful Soviet agent. An incessant stream of Moscow-directed disinformation influenced the Allies to cut off support for the anti-Communist Mihailovich, who would later be condemned to death by Tito in 1946.
 
“Operation Keelhaul”

This is the US code name for the policy, agreed to at Yalta, of forcibly repatriating two million anti-Soviet refugees to Moscow, despite the fact that return meant incarceration if not also death. How did such a policy come about? The answer remains a mystery, but Soviet agents of influence seem to have played a role.

Evans and Romerstein lay out new evidence of an internal American dispute between Undersecretary of State Joseph Grew in Washington and the American delegation at Yalta, which was led, as noted above, by the Hiss-reliant neophyte Secretary of State Edward Stettinius. In a final episode, Grew sent Stettinius a cable, found by the authors in the Stettinius papers, noting that forced repatriation went against both the Geneva Convention and American diplomatic tradition. “To this,” the authors write, “there was an instantaneous answer in the form of a Stettinius cable, curtly dismissing the issues raised by Grew and saying the U.S. delegation would definitely agree to turn the fugitive over, no two ways about it.”

Evans and Romerstein make note of several puzzling aspects of this cable exchange. Among them is Stettinius’ ignorance of the forced labor provisions agreed to at Yalta to keep in mind, as noted above. There is the tone of the cable – a harsh rebuke to Grew, the most experienced and respected diplomat in the State Department. And there is Hiss’s own admitted role of having “been in charge of receiving and dispatching reports from and to the State Department”.

The authors conclude: “Perhaps if he [Hiss] had been questioned on Operation Keelhaul, Hiss could have explained who exactly received Joe Grew’s protesting cable, who drafted the peremptory answer, and how a policy sought by Moscow was thus secretly approved at Yalta – sending two million captives to their doom in Russia.”

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