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American Betrayal



"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

"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.

"Diana West wrote a brilliant book called American Betrayal, which I recommend to everybody ... It is a seminal work that will grow in importance." 

-- Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker, Fox News contributor

"A brilliantly researched and argued book."

-- Edward Jay Epstein, author of Deception: The Invisible War between the KGB and the CIA, The Annals 0f Unsolved Crime 

"American Betrayal is absolutely required reading. Essential. You're sleepwalking without it."

-- Chris Farrell, director of investigations research, Judicial Watch

“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, journalist, founder, Danish Free Press Society

"This is a must read for any serious student of history and anyone working to understand the Marxist counter-state in America."

-- John Guandolo, president, Understanding the Threat, former FBI special agent 

"I've been, quite frankly, mesmerized by Diana West and her new book American Betrayal. If you get it (a) you won't put it down, and (b) you'll be flipping back to the notes section because every paragraph your hair's going to be on fire."  

-- Stephen K. Bannon, Breitbart News Radio

"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

"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."

-- Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston Unversity, and fellow of the Claremont Institute. 

No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... [West] patiently builds a story outlining a network of subversion so bizarrely immense that to write it down will seem too fantastic to anyone without the book’s detailed breadth and depth. 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. ... By the time you put the book down, you have a very different view of America’s war aims and strategies. The core question is, did the USA follow a strategy that served its own best interests, or Stalin’s? And it’s not that it was Stalin’s that is so compelling, since you knew that had to be the answer, but the evidence in detail that West provides that makes this a book you cannot ignore. 

-- Steven Kates, RMIT (Australia) Associate Professor of Economics, 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

"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

Although I know [Christopher] Andrew well, and have met [Oleg] Gordievsky twice, I now doubt their characterization of Hopkins -- also embraced by Radosh and the scholarly community. I now support West's conclusions after rereading KGB: The Inside Story account 23 years later [relevant passages cited in American Betrayal]. It does not ring true that Hopkins was an innocent dupe dedicated solely to defeating the Nazis. Hopkins comes over in history as crafty, secretive and no one's fool, hardly the personality traits of a naïve fellow traveler. And his fingerprints are on the large majority of pro-Soviet policies implemented by the Roosevelt administration. West deserves respect for cutting through the dross that obscures the evidence about Hopkins, and for screaming from the rooftops that the U.S. was the victim of a successful Soviet intelligence operation.

-- Bernie Reeves, founder of The Raleigh Spy Conference, American Thinker

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

[American Betrayal is] the most important anti-Communist book of our time ... a book that can open people's eyes to the historical roots of our present malaise ... full of insights, factual corroboration, and psychological nuance. 

-- J.R. Nyquist, author, Origins of the Fourth World War 

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, fabricated, falsified, or omitted. Her book is eloquent proof of it.

-- Edward Cline, Family Security Matters

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

-- Wes Vernon, Renew America

After reading American Betrayal and much of the vituperation generated by neoconservative "consensus" historians, I conclude that we cannot ignore what West has demonstrated through evidence and cogent argument.

-- 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

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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Aug 15

Written by: Diana West
Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:25 PM 

The bizarro war on American Betrayal doesn't stop. The latest from David Horowitz is that I "should not have written this book."

Who says that?

I will have a lengthy rebuttal to publish in the next few days.

Couldn't let this comment keep sliding, though. One of the mainstays of this surreal assault on my credibility is that I argue without evidence. Or, as David Horowitz says, I make "large claims unsupported by the evidence."

No, I make large claims supported by evidence -- lots of evidence. Here is one chapter's worth of my 900-plus endonotes.


  1. On opening, the National D-day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia—a town that lost more Americans per capita on D-day than any other—unveiled busts of FDR, Truman, Churchill, Chiang Kai-shek, and Stalin. Stalin’s inclusion sparked anger, editorials, a petition, and, finally, board action to remove all of the leaders from public display. -stalin-other-allied-fi-ar-530016/.

  2. Suvorov, Chief Culprit, xi.

  3. Bohlen, Witness to History, 126.

  4. Suvorov, Chief Culprit, xi.

  5. Suvorov, Chief Culprit, xiii.

  6. Dies, Martin Dies’ Story, 11.

  7. Gen. Mark W. Clark, Calculated Risk (New York: Enigma Books, 2007), 389.

  8. Wedemeyer, Wedemeyer Reports! 405–32.

  9. William C. Bullitt, “How We Won the War and Lost the Peace,” Life, August 30, 1948.

  10. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1948), 396.

  11. See, for example, Rafael Medoff, “The Roosevelt Administration, David Ben-Gurion and the Failure to

    Bomb Auschwitz,”

  12. Dallas, 1945, 413–14.

  13. Suvorov makes a compelling argument that the Soviets were caught off guard in an offensive position

    while preparing to strike at Germany themselves.

  14. “Chinese Ask Russia for Second Front,” New York Times, June 14, 1943.

  15. Notwithstanding the Soviets’ “secret” blitzkrieg in Mongolia in August 1939 that destroyed Japan’s 6th

    Army. See Suvorov, Chief Culprit, 114–20.

  16. Manchester, American Caesar, 241. Initially, army brass (including Marshall) and FDR found MacArthur’s proposal to bring Russia into the Pacific War persuasive; with Japan knocked out, all Allied forces could turn to captive Europe. FDR wired Moscow to convene a conference. “Stalin’s reply was cool. He pre- ferred, he said, to defer judgment on the matter until spring. Studying his reply, Marshall and Stark de- cided it would be unwise to press the issue.”

  17. Winston S. Churchill, The Grand Alliance (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1950), 605.

  18. Schecter and Leona Schecter, Sacred Secrets, chapter 2, “Operation Snow,” 22–45.

  19. Niblo, Influence, 101. Niblo agrees with Adm. Edwin Layton that the Soviets probably knew of the attack given that the Japanese strike force, steaming toward Hawaii with instructions to sink anything in its path, permitted a Soviet-flagged freighter, Uritsky, loaded with Lend-Lease goods, to sail unharmed. Admiral Layton writes in “And I Was There”: Pearl Harbor and Midway, “This raises the probability that Uritsky’s course must have been given to the Japanese by the Russians themselves. This deduction then leads to the logical assumption that that Soviet intelligence knew precise details of the course to be take across the Northern Pacific by Nagamo’s striking force.” Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton, U.S.N. (ret.), with Captain John Pineau, U.S.N.R. (ret.), and John Costello, “And I Was There”: Pearl Harbor and Midway—Breaking the Secrets (Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky and Konecky, 1985), 221.

  1. Schecter and Schecter, Sacred Secrets, 37.

  2. Schecter and Schecter, Sacred Secrets, 44.

  3. Manly, Twenty-Year Revolution, 114.

  4. Baldwin, Great Mistakes of the War, 30.

  5. Manchester, American Caesar, 240, 270.

  6. Manchester, American Caesar, 279.

  7. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:548. Sherwood writes, “In one convoy [to Murmansk] twenty-one out of thirty- three ships were sunk.”

  8. Transcript of Lend-Lease Act of 1941,

  9. Lyons, Red Decade, 240.

  10. McJimsey, Hopkins, 190.

  11. Sherwood, Hopkins, 1:400.

  12. Herring, Aid to Russia, 46.

  13. Sherwood, Hopkins, 1:449. Chesly Manly discusses this paradox in Twenty-Year Revolution, 114–15.

  14. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:542.

  15. Writing in 1958, General Wedemeyer, a member of the first joint strategic planning group in early 1942, defended Marshall and rejected the notion that the “second front” was conceived with anything but Western interests at heart. “From my own knowledge I can state categorically that the BOLERO-ROUNDUP concep- tion was aimed at winning the war on preferential terms for the West. See Wedemeyer Reports! 153–54.

  16. “Drive in North Africa Not Enough,” New York Times, October 28, 1942.

  17. “Shock Troops Lead, Simultaneous Landings Made Before Dawn at Numerous Points,” New York Times,

    November 8, 1942; see FDR’s statement announcing “second front” at


  18. “Stalin Still Insisting on That Second Front,” New York Times, November 8, 1942.

  19. “Stalin Says Drives in Africa Turn War in Favor of Allies,” New York Times, November 14, 1942.

  20. Figures come from Mark Clark’s memoir, Calculated Risk, 290.

  21. Moran, Churchill, 155. According to Moran, it was at Tehran where Churchill first realized that “if he

    wanted to help the countries of Eastern Europe he must get there before the Red Army.”

  22. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:790.

  23. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:769. “During these days at Cairo, Hopkins formed a friendship with Charles E. Bohlen. . . . Hopkins asked him all manner of questions about the Soviet Union, and was surprised and impressed by the objectivity and lack of bias as well as by the considerable scholarship revealed in his an- swers . . . Hopkins subsequently persuaded the president to appoint Bohlen to a post in the White House where he would act as a liaison officer with the State Department . . .”

  24. Bohlen, Witness to History, 148.

  25. “Was Stalin (the Terrible) Really a Great Man? A Conversation with Averell Harriman,” Encounter, November, 1981, 24.

  26. Harry C. Butcher, My Three Years with Eisenhower: The Personal Diary of Captain Harry C. Butcher,

    USNR, Naval Aide to General Eisenhower, 1942–1945 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1946), 447–48.

  27. These Eisenhower quotations come from FRUS: The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943 (published

    1961), 359–61.

  28. Baldwin, Great Mistakes of the War, 38–39. Eaker explained that from an air point of view it would be “easier to support a trans-Adriatic operation than the invasion of southern France. The bases, he pointed out, had already been established in Italy . . . But the southern France operation would have to be sup- ported from new bases in Corsica. After the meeting was over, General Marshall commented . . . to General Eaker: “You’ve been too damned long with the British.”

  29. See Moran, Churchill, for an eyewitness account of Hopkins’s Churchill-rage.

  30. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe, 198–200.

  31. Baldwin, Great Mistakes of the War, 56–57. “General Eisenhower’s own inclinations about Berlin apparently had the full support of Washington; Edgar Ansel Mowrer reports in The Nightmare of American Foreign Policy that he had been personally told by the White House that ‘the Joint Chiefs of Staff advised Truman to let the Russians take Berlin.’ President Truman, new to the White House and without much background about the past nuances of our politico-military policies, apparently acceded.” Joint Chiefs = Mar shall. Marshall = Hopkins?

  32. “Allied Front in Italy Not So Far from Reich,” New York Times, September 12, 1943.

  33. Gannon, Cardinal Spellman Story, 224.

  34. Dunn, Caught Between Roosevelt and Stalin, 195–96.

  35. Clark, Calculated Risk, 203.

  1. “St. Exupery Lost on Flying Mission,” New York Times, August 10, 1944.

  2. Clark, Calculated Risk, 294.

  3. Dunn, Caught Between Roosevelt and Stalin, 196.

  4. Somehow Hopkins’s coaching of Molotov to circumvent American military advice didn’t make it into Sherwood. See Mark, “Venona’s Source,” 20.

  5. “Mr. Molotoff Came to Plead for a Second Front,” New York Times, June 13, 1942.

  6. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:610.

  7. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:615.

  8. Schecter and Schecter, Sacred Secrets, 90.

  9. Standley and Ageton, Admiral Ambassador, 271.

  10. “Our Indispensable Fronts,” New York Times, February 25, 1943.

  11. “Second Front Lag Is Denied By Knox,” New York Times, June 23, 1943.

  12. Moran, Churchill, 102.

  13. “Zero Hour,” New York Times, July 11, 1943.

  14. “Russians Cheer Landing as Aid to the Red Army,” New York Times, July 11, 1943.

  15. McJimsey, Hopkins, 299.

  16. Moran, Churchill, 142.

  17. Moran, Churchill, 140–42.

  18. FRUS: The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943 (published 1961), 493.

  19. FRUS: Cairo and Tehran, 494. “Marshal Stalin said that he favored the operation in Southern France particularly as he thought Turkey would not enter the war. He repeated that he thought Turkey would not enter the war.” You better believe Turkey wouldn’t enter the war. Lord Moran tells us (157) that Churchill tried desperately to bring Turkey in. “Inonu had made it clear that it is Russia, not Germany that the Turks fear. They fear that if Russians come to their assistance they will remain; once the Kremlin has her troops in command of the Straits, only force will displace them.”

  20. Clark, Calculated Risk, 293–95.

  21. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:775.

  22. From Sherwood, Hopkins, 1:202–3: “Columnist Marquis Childs wrote: Should the President on a dull day suggest casually to his friend and confidant Harry L. Hopkins that the national welfare would be served if Mr. Hopkins were to jump off the Washington Monument, the appointed hour would find Mr. Hopkins poised for the plunge. Whether with or without parachute would depend on what the President seemed to have had in mind. Mr. Hopkins would know about that, because he has made a career of understanding, sensing, divining, often guessing—and usually guessing right—what is in Franklin Roosevelt’s mind. It is a career that has taken him from the dull routine of social-service work to the upper reaches of diplomacy, where he has had a thrilling preview of the shape of things to come. And, what is more, history may show that he was one of the shapers.”

  23. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:775.

  24. Manly, Twenty-Year Revolution, 121.

  25. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:783.

  26. Bohlen, Witness to History, 148.

  27. FRUS: Cairo and Tehran, 563–64.

  28. Sherwood, Hopkins, 2:788. On December 1, 1943, the last day of the conference, the Prime Minister put in a final plug for an assault on Rhodes and Hopkins went into smack-down mode. In fact, as Sherwood writes, “Hopkins was so anxious to have the record straight that he wrote his own version of his comments for inclusion in the minutes,” disowning Churchill’s remarks every way possible: “It should be clearly un- derstood that the American side believe that there are no landing-craft available for an attack on Rhodes— and, more important, still, that even if the landing-craft were available—no decision has been reached as to whether or not the landing craft could not be used to better advantage in some other operation.”

  29. Moran, Churchill, 155.

  30. Wedemeyer, Wedemeyer Reports! 96.




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