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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:33 AM 

A reader just reminded me of a post from those first weeks of the campaign against American Betrayal -- a campaign my editor at St Martin's Press tells me he has never before seen the likes of. I am re-posting this August 18 post today for the benefit of both new readers and old who may have heard David Horowitz belittle this mendacious and widespread campaign he and Ronald Radosh spearheaded against American Betrayal as "one bad review."

By the way, "take-down" was Radosh's word for this "review" (his first of multiple hits), which is referred to below. A chronology of the copycat hit pieces that followed appears in an appendix of The Rebuttal.

From August 18, 2013:

"The War on American Betrayal: The Swedish Perspective"

Over at Gates of Vienna -- valiant defenders and friends -- a Swede's comment on the war on American Betrayal  made me jump:

I am Swedish, and I have no intention of reading “American Betrayal”. But I didn’t have to read very much of the review of Mr Radosh to conclude that Ms West’s book is a very important and competent work. And it’s obvious that a book with that magnitude is not written by itself.

“How on earth can the man do that?”, is a very relevant question. Well, analyzing language has been my profession throughout many years. Before I regard the content of a text, I look for what I call “The Language of Violence” in the text and watch the methods used (The last thing is nothing new. Descartes did the same.).

A very common method is to aggressively attack a detail in a text – of course with the intention to disturb the holistic impression. In this case – Hopkins.

This rang bells. In writing (and writing) my rebuttal, I have learned that Radosh first flattens the book into one dimension, then, after cutting it into five simplistic parts, focuses obsessively on one detail to the exclusion of all others whether with the intention, certainly the effect  "to disturb the holistic impression." (And that's when he doesn't just make up anecodotes or arguments out of air.)

The Swedish writer continues:

My point with this post is to focus on the role of Mr Radosh. All authors – except some very few of them – are very vurnerable regarding reviews when their books are published. I am sure the history of our gutters includes many brilliant poets.

Mr Radosh used all his power, knowledge, experience and contacts with one single purpose – to behead Ms West.

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