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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.

"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."

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

"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

"As Diana West writes in her remarkable book, American Betrayal, we have `new totalitarians who look to Mecca instead of Moscow.' "

-- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives 

"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

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

“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

"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

The most important anti-Communist book of our time. ... Mrs. West is one of the most important writers on the strategic and moral consequences of Communist penetration of the U.S. Government.

-- 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, 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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Written by: Diana West
Thursday, March 26, 2009 6:19 AM 

This week's column, director's cut:

“Jack Bauer Meets Barack Obama…Or Does He?”

Note: The message to Iran attributed to “the President” below is directly quoted  from President Barack Obama’s message to Iran of March 20, 2009.

Ba-bink…Ba-bink…Ba-bink….

The following takes place in an unseen episode of “24.”

Tony Almeda, glowering, is watching the President live on a television in a seedy bar across the street from the White House. (Agreed, there are no seedy bars across the street from the White House, but this, after all, is “24,” where a small army of African terrorists recently accessed the White House via a waterway leading to the basement….)

The President (on screen): “In particular, I would like to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nowruz is just one part of your great and celebrated culture….”

Without taking his eyes off the screen, Tony punches in a number on his cell.

Jack Bauer answers. “Yeah,” he breathes, also watching the president on a Blowfish 148 mirror server uploaded to his monitor.

The President: “Over many centuries, your art, your music, literature and innovation have made the world a better and more beautiful place….”

Tony: “Are you watching the President?”

Jack, making his way to his car as he downloads a frame grab to his PDA: “Copy.”

Tony, leaving the bar and walking across the street toward the White House: “What’s he talking about, `innovation’? Does he mean the high-tech armor-piercing roadside bombs Iran “innovated” to kill and maim hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq?”

Jack, by now speeding across the 14th Street Bridge into downtown Washington: “Copy. And notice the specific reference to `the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.’ The president is directly addressing A-jad and the mullahs, and thus in some unprecedented way America is now legitimizing the 1979 Khomeini revolution.”

Tony: “Copy that, too. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

Jack: “Copy. No American president would ever, could ever, lower himself and our nation to grovel like this to that vicious Islamic regime. Unless--Tony, someone’s gotten to the president. He’s in trouble.”

Tony, eyes narrowing as he peers at the White House: “Copy.” 

The President (on Jack’s car radio): “We know that you are a great civilization and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world….”

Jack pulls up to the curb outside the White House (I know, but this is “24”….) and hops out, joining Tony now standing by the White House fence.

Jack: “Someone on the inside working on behalf of Iran is forcing the president to make this broadcast, Tony, forcing him to grovel to the mullah-ocracy. We need weapons, surveillance equipment, thumbtacks, quick.” Punches in a number on his cell.

Jack: “Chloe?”

Chloe, also watching the president on television: “Jack!”

The President: “We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect….”

Jack: “The president is being coerced into surrendering to Iran.”

Chloe: “I know. I’m watching. How else could he talk about `mutual respect’ with that monster-regime that has targeted thousands of Americans and Israelis since it came to power in 1979, continuing to this day in Iraq and Afghanistan and even Gaza? How do you mutually respect a leader obsessed with three things -- Holocaust denial, nuking Israel and destroying America?”

Jack: “Copy.”

The President: “The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right—but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization....”

Chloe, grimacing: “Yeah, `peaceful actions’ like what that senior defector, former Deputy Minister of Defense Ali Reza Asghari, just disclosed about Tehran’s financing of Syria’s nuke program. Jack, who could be making the president do this?!”

Jack: We don’t find out for a few more episodes, Chloe. You know that.

Chloe: OK, OK. Lissen, I just accessed encrypted Secret Service bandwidths to confirm the President’s daughters are in class at Sidwell, but what about the First Lady? Do we have a visual?

Tony, peering through the White House fence, urgent: “Jack, I think I see the First Lady being held by weird-looking hostiles in white coats in that untamed thicket over there.”

Jack, looking up for a second: “No, that’s just the First Lady with her chefs in the new White House organic vegetable garden. Chloe, I need the most current CIRG logs and recognition codes for entry in the Oval Office.”

Chloe: “I’m on it, OK. I’ve downloaded them to your PDA.”

Jack: “Copy. We’re on it.”

From a duct over the Oval Office, Jack and Tony can hear the President and his teleprompter wrapping up as Jack noiselessly drills an eye-hole in the plaster wall.

The President: “With the coming of a new season, we’re reminded of this precious humanity that we all share.”

Jack, under his breath: “Precious humanity we share? What about the regime’s hanging of homosexuals and stoning-to-death of adulterers? Tony, just yesterday a 25-year-old Iranian blogger named Omidreza Mirsayafi died in mysterious circumstances in Tehran’s Evin prison.”

Tony, under his breath, too: “Why was a blogger in prison?”

Jack: “They gave him two years for `insulting’ Ayatollah Khomeini and criticizing the government. The President must be under incredible duress. We’ve got to save him.”

The President, concluding: “And we once again call upon this spirit as we seek the promise of a new beginning. Thank you and Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak.”

An Aide: OK. All clear. That was perfect, Mr. President. Thank you. We’ll get you up on Youtube within the hour.

The President: I want it out on Al-Jazeera, too.

Aide: Of course.

Surreptitiously, Jack peers into the room.

The President: Thank you all. That was great. I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time. Now, when is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s actual Independence Day—or whatever they call it? Maybe we can send them a cake, or pie, or something.

Tony: “How many hostiles, Jack?”

Jack is still surveying the apparently peaceful scene when the door opens and the First Lady enters.

First Lady: Hi, honey. Want some organic broccoli?

Jack: “No hostiles, Tony. Or maybe all hostiles.” Punches in a number on his cell. “Chloe, download the reverse quadralinear coordinates to my PDA so we can get out of here. The President of the United States just groveled to Iran because he wanted to. And that makes this whole thing one lost episode.

 

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