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"It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history. ... "
-- Vladimir Bukovsky, co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement and author of Judgment in Moscow, 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
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
"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
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
"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."
-- Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston Unversity, and fellow of the Claremont Institute.
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.
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
"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
"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
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
"American Betrayal is absolutely required reading. Essential. You're sleepwalking without it."
-- Chris Farrell, director of investigations research, Judicial Watch
"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
"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
“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
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
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
"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
[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
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
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
Saturday, March 30, 2013 8:42 AM
My latest article for Dispatch International sets out to explain to Europeans how it could be that the mayor of Philadelphia is investigating whether the First Amendment covers free speech about Philadelphia -- specifically, the Philadelphia Magazine cover story, "Being White in Philly."
It's not easy.
WASHINGTON, DC. In the summer of 2002, the Philadelphia Daily News published a cover story headlined, “Fugitives Among Us: Sometimes, Murder Suspects Hide in Plain Sight”. Forty-one mug shots of murder suspects illustrated the story, overflowing from the tabloid’s cover to the inside pages. The suspects were mainly black men, with a smattering of Hispanics and Asians. There were no white fugitives in the line-up.
Why? There were no white fugitives in Philadelphia at the time. This reality did nothing to ward off protests by activists who accused the newspaper of “racism” for publishing the facts. Soon, the newspaper issued an apology, and maybe Philadelphia civic life returned to normal – “normal” being a disproportionately high black crime rate and a low tolerance for disseminating or discussing evidence that reflects it.
This silent treatment held for the next decade. Philadelphia school officials, for example, insisted that frequent beatings and harassing of Asian students by black students at a majority-black South Philadelphia high school were “in no way racial”, Colin Flaherty, author of White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence, reports. Tensions climaxed on 3 December 2009, when black students attacked 30 Asian students, sending 13 to the emergency room. Flaherty writes that the US Justice Department later concluded that “a contingent of largely black school officials dismissed, ignored, and even encouraged attacks on Asian students”.
Similarly, the recent rise in America of “flash mobs”– large groups of mainly young black people who suddenly converge to commit acts of violence and mayhem in malls, urban centers, festivals and fairs – is often stripped of racial context by both media and political officials. The following comment by Michael Nutter, the black mayor of Philadelphia, scene of multiple flash mobs, is typical: “There is no racial component to stupid behavior”, he told the New York Times in 2010.
The following year, however, Nutter took to the pulpit of a Baptist church in part to castigate what he said was the “less than one percent” of black Philadelphia teens participating in flash mobs.
Addressing young, black rioters directly, Nutter preached a bright line of personal responsibility. “If you want us not to be afraid to walk down the same side of the street with you, if you want folks not to jump out of the elevator when you get on, if you want folks to stop following you around in stores when you’re out shopping … then stop acting like idiots and fools. … Just cut it out. And another thing. Take those doggone hoodies down, especially in the summer. Pull your pants up and buy a belt. … Learn some manners. … Extend your English vocabulary beyond the few curse words that you know. … And if you go to look for a job, don’t go blame it on the white folks, or anybody else. … They don’t hire you because you look like you’re crazy. That’s why they’re not hiring you.”
In light of such comments, it may seem strange to behold Nutter’s ringing denunciations of the March 2013 cover story of Philadelphia Magazine: “Being White In Philly: Whites, race, class, and the things that never get said.” Surpassing all precedent, the mayor has called on the Human Relations Commission, a government agency, to “rebuke” the magazine and the article’s author for committing “incitement to extreme reaction.” As UCLA law professor and leading First Amendment scholar Eugene Volokh told Worldnetdaily.com, the Democratic mayor is, in fact, advocating the “outright suppression” of speech he disagrees with.
The article in question is an anguished personal essay which links a series of interviews the author, Robert Huber, conducted with unnamed, white Philadelphians who live in the majority-black inner city. Huber’s goal was to add what he calls the missing dimension to the discussion of Philadelphia’s “vast and seemingly permanent black underclass” – the 31 percent of Philadelphia’s black residents below the poverty line. “Our public discourse ignores the fact that race – particularly in a place like Philadelphia – is also an issue for white people,” Huber writes.
Mayor Nutter couldn’t more strenuously disagree. In effect, he is attempting to nullify the right of white Philadelphians to express their opinions about life in the inner city, thereby limiting the free press. Addressing the Human Relations Commission, Nutter said Philadelphia Magazine had “sunk to a new low” by running the article, and asked the commission for an opinion as to whether the article’s “prejudiced fact-challenged generalizations” qualify as “an incitement to extreme reaction”. Such legal language tracks a landmark US Supreme Court case, Brandenburg v. Ohio, which permitted a state to censor incitement to lawless action.
Given that the magazine article calls only for more discussion about race relations, the mayor’s reasoning seems legally off-kilter. Rue Landau, the commission’s executive director, however, has agreed to “take up the mayor’s charge”, stating: “The commissioners and I share the concerns of the mayor regarding the racial insensitivity and perpetuation of harmful stereotypes portrayed in the Philadelphia Magazine piece.”
This sends up red flags for First Amendment scholar Volokh. “The government is entitled to disagree with what people say, and to criticize them for what they say,” Volokh told Worldnetdaily.com. “But here the mayor is not just calling for a response to the article – he is claiming that the article is unprotected by the First Amendment.”
Tom McGrath, the magazine’s self-described “center-left” editor, told Fox News he finds it “chilling” that the Philadelphia mayor “wants to use the government to censor a news outlet”. He added: “As a journalist – as someone who thinks free speech is really important – I find that really, really troubling.”
The commission will address the magazine article at its next meeting on 18 April.
Update: On March 27, Philadelphia's African-American Chamber of Commerce issued an ultimatum to Philadelphia Magazine: "Diversify" staff in 30 days, or else.
The magazine, the staff has been judged guilty of insufficient pigmentation, its opinions, professionalism, its very existence defective. What next, a show trial? It won't come to that, of course; it probably won't even come to a boycott.