American Betrayal, a new book by a conservative writer named Diana West, is, Ronald Radosh concludes a long and careful review, a "misconceived and misleading book.".

Author:Mills, David
Position:WHILE WE'RE AT IT
 
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American Betrayal, a new book by a conservative writer named Diana West, is, Ronald Radosh concludes a long and careful review, a "misconceived and misleading book." She argues that the Roosevelt administration was (this is West quoted by Radosh) "penetrated, fooled, subverted, in effect hijacked, by Soviet agents" and engaged in a "sell-out to Stalin." This explains, she claims, why the Allies did not march into Eastern Europe at the end of the war and many other decisions.

If Radosh, a distinguished historian who has specialized in the Western engagement with Communism, is right about the book, and as far as one can tell he is--West's response, referring to her conservative critics as "commissars" and "ossified totalitarians," is suggestive, as is her later complaint that Radosh uses books "written by academics from Yale, Harvard, and Stanford"--one has to ask why it has so appealed to some conservatives. Radosh argues that her...

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