The first thorough examination of the shocking infiltration of Stalin’s Soviet intelligence networks by members of the American government during WWII.
Until now, many sinister events that transpired in the clash of the world’s superpowers at the close of World War II and the ensuing Cold War era have been ignored, distorted, and kept hidden from the public. Through a meticulous examination of primary sources and disclosure of formerly secret records, this riveting account of the widespread infiltration of the federal government by Stalin’s “agents of influence” and the damage they inflicted will shock readers.
Focusing on the wartime conferences of Teheran and Yalta, veteran journalist M. Stanton Evans and intelligence expert Herbert Romerstein, the former head of the U.S. Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation, draw upon years of research and a meticulous examination of primary sources to trace the vast deception that kept Stalin’s henchmen on the federal payroll and sabotaged policy overseas in favor of the Soviet Union. While FDR’s health and mental capacities weakened, aides such as Lauchlin Currie and Harry Hopkins exerted pro-Red influence on U.S. policy—leading to massive breaches of internal security and the betrayal of free-world interests. Along with revealing the extent to which the Soviet threat was obfuscated or denied, this in-depth analysis exposes the rigging of at least two grand juries and the subsequent multilayered cover-up to protect those who let the infiltration happen. Countless officials of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations turned a blind eye to the penetration problem. The documents and facts presented in this thoroughly researched exposé indict in historical retrospect the people responsible for these corruptions of justice.
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M. Stanton Evans is the author of seven previous books, including Blacklisted by History and The Theme Is Freedom. Now a contributing editor at Human Events and a contributor at National Review, he was previously the editor of the Indianapolis News, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times syndicate, and a commentator for CBS and Voice of America. He lives near Washington, D.C.From Booklist:
Conservatives and liberals both have their treasured narratives that they repeatedly chant like a mantra. Evans and Romerstein are conservative journalists, and both have written extensively on issues related to the Cold War. Here they deal with the issue of “massive” and, in their view, effective Soviet infiltration of agents into the highest levels of the successive Roosevelt administrations during the 1930s and 1940s. And they aren’t making stuff up. Using recently declassified information from both Soviet and American archives, they show that Soviet efforts at subversion were indeed massive, but that point has been made before. Yet Evans and Romerstein go much further. They assert that successful Soviet efforts to insert agents into the government led, naturally, to the passing of information and also to strong influence over foreign policy. For example, based on very fragmentary evidence, they claim that Alger Hiss strongly influenced the American concessions made at Yalta. This work will be red meat for many conservative ideologues but is unlikely to persuade more objective readers. --Jay Freeman
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