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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
"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 is distinguished from almost all political commentators because she seeks less to defend ideas and proposals than to investigate and understand what happens and what has happened. This gives her modest and unpretentious books and articles the status of true scientific inquiry, shifting the debate from the field of liking and disliking to being and non-being."
-- Olavo de Carvalho
"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
Friday, July 05, 2019 8:57 AM
This is the opening installment in an occasional series.
I begin this review of Judgment in Moscow: Soviet Crimes and Western Complicity by Vladimir Bukovsky with a confession: I despair of doing justice to this monumental work.
Why? Judgment in Moscow is not a book only. Its very release is a historic event. Its top-secret contents were never supposed to see light of day. Its author is one of the great heroes who ever walked the earth. Such extraordinary attributes call for special treatment; however, that’s not even the end of the book’s special challenges. There is also the perplexing fact that the magnitude of this publication will not be readily evident to most “younger” readers -- say, people under the age of 60. This means that the written equivalent of a crisp, sustained drum roll is not only insufficient by way of introduction, but as the curtain rises, most people are not going to recognize what it is that appears in the spotlight.
The reason for this mass myopia is almost literally atmospheric. There is an all-enveloping “narrative” of our nation’s life and times that most Americans breathe in, internalize, and breathe out again. The resulting miasma hides facts, beclouds perspective, dulls thought, chokes dissent. Judgment in Moscow comes along, throws a lit match, and the whole thing explodes.
Of course, the rubble the book leaves behind is difficult for most people to understand, too.
This has at least something to do with the fact that Judgment in Moscow was supposed to come out in America nearly a quarter-century ago, when even short memories could still connect people to what were then recent events. The book's aborted beginning, however, was very nearly its end. Following a 1995 debut in France, the French edition, Jugement a Moscou, was acquired by Random House for a “considerable” sum. The prestigious American house, however, later dropped the project, thus stopping its revelations, not only as presented but also decoded by Bukovsky, from entering our knowledge-base at a crucial point of potential real-life application.
Why would the publisher do such a thing -- and to such a man? Perhaps Random House didn’t really understand the French edition, Bukovsky joked in a recent radio interview; then again, perhaps they understood it all too well. In any case, Bukovsky’s contract with Random House for Judgment in Moscow was never finalized, never signed. Instead, editor Jason Epstein -- storied gatekeeper of American letters, editor of Norman Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, E.L Doctorow, Philip Roth, and husband of Judith Miller -- embarked on a five-month-long correspondence via fax, as Bukovsky writes in the edition of Judgment in Moscow that now comes to us from Ninth of November Books, “to force me to rewrite the whole book from the liberal left perspective.”
This damning revelation is amply supported by quotations from Bukovsky’s exchanges with Epstein. There is something even indecent in the attempt of the celebrated Manhattan editor to hector the internationally renowned ex-prisoner of conscience into denying and negating his beliefs, his experiences, the documentary evidence he extracted from Soviet archives and presents in his book. In a celebrated, Manhattan, editorial way, it is all very Soviet.
Epstein tells Bukovsky he’s wrong about X, or worries American readers will be “surprised” and “confused” by Y – for example, Bukovsky’s eminently logical argument that America lost the Cold War; or that famous figures and media organizations colluded (as we say, post-2016) with Soviet state monsters throughout the Soviet decades.
Naturally, American readers will be surprised, Bukovsky faxed back to Epstein. Further, he, Bukovsky, would be delighted if they are surprised. The author added: “I could never understand the motivation of an author who writes unsurprising books.” Vintage Bukovsky.
Circa 1995, Vladimir Bukovsky was famous, even among New York literati, for being that rare human being who chose to endure twelve years inside KGB prisons, labor camps and psychiatric hospitals rather than surrender a single principle. His 1979 memoir, To Build a Castle, about his dissident-life up to his 1976 release to the West by the Soviet regime in exchange for Chilean Communist Party leader Luis Corvalan, was widely and well-received. Did Jason Epstein really believe he could just fax Vladimir Bukovsky into surrendering his entire worldview? One has to wonder whether Epstein -- to whom another one of his authors, Saul Alinsky, dedicated Rules for Radicals, and who co-founded The New York Review of Books, nailed by Tom Wolfe as “the chief theoretical organ of Radical chic” – was just slow-walking anti-communist Bukovsky to the break-point that would sever the relationship and deep-six his very dangerous book.
As Bukovsky explains:
In short, I was required, in no uncertain terms, to drop some documents while reinterpreting others in order to show that [quoting Epstein] “…the Soviets failed and their attempts at manipulation seem now, in retrospect, to have been pathetic or even comical. What strikes me in the documents you reproduce – and will strike other American readers as well – is how clumsy, self-deceiving and stupid these Russians were.”
While this might have scored Bukovsky smash reviews in all the Radical chic organs, it is simply ludicrous to assert categorically the Soviets “failed” in their unceasing efforts to manipulate. Further, pace Epstein, if any of the Soviet officials in Judgment in Moscow appear “clumsy, self-deceiving and stupid," their targets in the West appear far clumsier, more self-deceiving and more stupid -- at best. Remember, it is these Westerners who intensified and furthered the malign influence of communism as easy marks, or, too frequently, willing accomplices.
There is something else Bukovsky makes vividly clear. This same Soviet manipulation, which I will tease out later, was in no way the purview of Kremlin intelligence agencies only. That is, the colossal mind games played against the West under the rubric of “Active Measures,” often deadly, always damaging, were not played only by the Kremlin’s intelligence agencies. Drawing from records Bukovsky smuggled from the Central Committee of the Communist Party and others that Pavel Stroilov later smuggled from the Gorbachev Foundation, Bukovsky is able to show that the measures of deception usually regarded as the exclusive purview of “the KGB” were the basis, the engine, the modus operandi of the Soviet Union’s demonically sophisticated statecraft. Year by year, decade by decade, the Kremlin's communist rulers, together with their easy marks and wiling accomplices in the West, erected an ever-expanding façade over reality which has turned the world and everyone in it on their heads.
On a personal note, I can’t help but notice in Epstein’s dismissal of Bukovsky’s analysis and documentary evidence of Soviet influence on the life and times of the West a striking similarity to attacks on my own book, American Betrayal, by historians nearly two decades later. (I should note here that Bukovsky and Stroilov have themselves written two essays, here and here, not only extolling but defending American Betrayal from these same sorts of attacks, which, they also note, their own works have come under.) For example, in all of their years of archival research, historians John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr wrote in 2013 in one of their several critiques of American Betrayal, they said they encountered “ample documentation of Soviet intelligence obtaining American technical, military, and diplomatic information, but very little indicated successful policy manipulation.” According to their research, in other words, the Soviets stole secrets; but Soviet efforts to influence mindset and policy-making were, just as Jason Epstein earlier insisted to Bukovsky, a big fat failure.
This recurring effort over the decades to negate a very large bear in the room is something to keep in mind.
The fact is, the record abounds with intelligence experts and practitioners, defectors and others bearing witness to, and, in the old days, attempting to debunk and ward off Soviet deception. Worth nothing, however, is that in the aftermath of the dissolution of the USSR, it is Haynes' and Klehr’s assessment, however easily debunked, that is most enthusiastically embraced in the scholarly research. This is the conventional wisdom that Bukovsky’s Judgment in Moscow explodes anew by refocusing our sights on the vital Communist tactic to bore from within, to bombard from without, to create massive campaigns of deception and to project influence.
In his 1952 magnus opus Witness, Whittaker Chambers put the two main prongs of Communist attack, the collection of secrets and the projecting influence, into perspective:
That power to influence policy has always been the ultimate purpose of the Communist Party’s infiltration. It was much more dangerous, and, as events have proved, much more difficult to detect, than espionage, which beside it is trivial, though the two go hand in hand.
The wealth of evidence amassed inside the covers of Judgment in Moscow is brand-new testament to what Chambers recognized so long ago as communism's sought-after “power to influence policy." The numerous Soviet government documents chronicling the acquisition and execution of such power are one of the marvels of the Bukovsky book. These documents include hair-raising, never-before-seen minutes of Politburo meetings -- what Khrushchev said to Gromyko, and what Gromyko said to Andropov, and what Andropov said to Gorbachev, and the rest. It is here, where the top thugs of Soviet history gathered, that the reader is able to see the mind of the Soviet dictatorship at work, and follow the malicious, brutish, communist thinking behind the plans and programs that poisoned the affairs of nations and individuals on a scale almost unimaginably vast and microscopically detailed.
If only these "attempts at manipulation" had been as pathetic and comical as Jason Epstein too much protested they were: Our world would be a far more beautiful, peaceful place. As for Haynes and Klehr, their lifelong failure to find evidence of “policy manipulation" probably came down to relying on documents pre-sifted and pre-approved for public release by government officials in Moscow and Washington both.
Not so Bukovsky.
To be cont'd.
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A sterling example of penetrating counterintelligence analysis, the kind one seldom sees issuing from intelligence circles, let alone from a private researcher. Diana’s previous books mark her as one who goes far beyond the usual academic policy analysis, to penetrate to the heart of hidden history that seldom makes it to the light of day. Reading The Red Thread prompted me to recall Honoré de Balzac’s observation that there are two histories: the official one, mendacious; and the secret history, shameless, but the real cause of events. Diana West plumbs the depths of Balzac’s secret history in a way that surfaces the realities of an ideological underworld that too many deny and would rather not see exposed. Diana West is a one-person intelligence agency.
— John J. Dziak, Ph.D., former senior intelligence executive, author of Chekisty: A History of the KGB, Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
Once again, Diana West provides us with invaluable analysis, meticulously documented. She exposes the radical Leftist ideological roots of the Trump "lawfare” coup plotters masquerading as “respectable” Establishment law enforcement and intelligence professionals. Ms. West delivers facts, history, documentation and context like no other. Her work in essential reading.
— Chris Farrell, Director of Investigations & Research for Judicial Watch. He is a former Military Intelligence officer and Special Agent of U.S. Army Counterintelligence.
An extraordinary contribution to understanding the struggle of our times. Diana West has once again done exhaustive research and unearthed a series of facts and connections which will change how you see the American left decisively. This is courageous groundbreaking work with enormous implications for understanding the depth and intensity of hostility to freedom embedded in the American left and its connections to international threats to our survival.
-- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, Fox News contributor, and author of numerous bestselling books.
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-- William Marshall, Senior Investigator, Judicial Watch, and an intelligence analyst and investigator in the government, private, and non-profit sectors for more than 30 years.
Once again, Diana West, as she did in American Betrayal, has scored a home run for truth. Diana's research and analysis are superb. The Red Thread provides an excellent opportunity for Americans to learn the identity of those whose agenda is not in keeping with America's patriotic ideals, and who would undermine its very existence. The Red Thread should be required reading for true patriots who serve in America's government, not to mention those who attend the nation's military academies and war college. Diana West is to be saluted for her patriotism, dedication and her passion for truth.
-- John Molloy, OSJ, Chairman, National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
Diana West exposes a red thread running through the campaign to unseat President Trump. It is the story of a socialist cabal painting itself in false patriotic colors, camouflaged behind a facade of national concern. West shows that the conspirators’ true ideals are opposed to nation and Constitution. Yet it is more than a conspiracy she reveals. It is the latest iteration of the same old phenomenon of subversion, driven forward by what Whttaker Chambers called “man’s second oldest faith.”
— Jeff Nyquist, author of Origins of the Fourth World War
Diana West's analysis of the ideological backgrounds of the DOJ and IC coup plotters against President Trump is powerful, even incontrovertible, evidence of their guilt. Anyone who reads the Mueller Report or listens to MSNBC, etc. should also read The Red Thread as an antidote!
-- Dr. Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He served on the Congressional EMP Commission as chief of staff, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of Blackout Wars.
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-- Peter Schweizer, author of Secret Empires and Clinton Cash
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