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“Diana West masterfully reminds us of what history is for: to suggest action for the present. She paints for us the broad picture of our own long record of failing to recognize bullies and villains. She shows how American denial today reflects a pattern that held strongly in the period of the Soviet Union. She is the Michelangelo of Denial.” ―Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and the NYT bestseller The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

“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 Blacklisted by History

“If you haven't read Diana West's "American Betrayal" yet, you're missing out on a terrific, real-life thriller.” ―Brad Thor, author of the New York Times bestsellers Black List, Full Black, and The Last Patriot.

“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

“Her arguments shred our preconceived notions of twentieth century history.” ―Jeff Minick, Smoky Mountain (NC) News

American Betrayal is a monumental achievement. Brilliant and important.” ―Monica Crowley

“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

“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.

“American Betrayal is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history.” ―Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov, Breitbart News

“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

About the Author

Diana West is the author of The Death of the Grown-Up and coauthor of Shariah: The Threat to America. West's essays have appeared in numerous publications, and her weekly newspaper column is syndicated by Universal Uclick. She is the Washington correspondent for Dispatch International.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250055814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250055811
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a brave book if nothing else in that it offers a view of some of the U.S.'s more celebrated presidents ( Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower) that is at odds with the accepted narrative.That may explain the violent condemnations it has received. Nonetheless, West provides support for her claims and writes in a bold, clear style that pulls no punches.

If you like history and are willing to entertain an outsider's slant on things, you will find American Betrayal as interesting as I did. If on the other hand, you see Roosevelt as one of America's great presidents you more than likely to be as offended as some of the books harshest critics are.

One of the books recurring charges strikes me as true. The West paid a terrible price to defeat one monster ( Hitler), only in the end to hand Eastern Europe over to another monster ( Stalin). West goes to great lengths to point out that truth and to show that anyone who has tried to suggest that the results of WW 2 were not the glorious victory for democracy that we assume it was has been largely marginalized. If nothing else, this book reminds its readers that the Roosevelt all good and McCarthy all bad view of things is a bit simplistic.
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The further I went into pages of this great (probably "giant" would be more proper word – both in sense of giant toil it undoubtedly demanded and in sense of its content's giant message, to tell nothing about giant courage of the author, who couldn't but foresee the reaction of the Leftist world at her blasphemies!), the more often I was remembering the ancient Archilocus quote: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing". Now, after closing the last page, I'm absolutely sure that Ms. West is one of the few really-big-things-knowing Hedgehogs I had happiness to meet – and, surely, she is the sharpest-needled of them. I've read a lot of earlier honest books on her theme, both here, in my post-USSR Russia, and in the West, but "America's Betrayal" beats them all, - and not so in new well-documented details, facts or appraisals (thou' Ms. West showers her readers with a cornucopia of revelations), but in the entirely new tone of her book. It's not an impartial register of some recently declassified archives or a cold-blooded analysis of some long-forgotten speeches – not at all! It is a veritable scream of a deeply wounded human soul: "How could they do this to my great country? How could they fall so low, so servile in their hidden utopian creed? And how could Americans be so trusting?" It's surely one of the most emotionally written books in my life, - in fact, it's the first book on the theme, written not by a historian or a political guru, but by a patriotic CITIZEN, whose pages are constantly exploding with her righteous anger, with her searing pain, with her feeling of overwhelming shame. She is never indifferent, never "across-the-aisle", never "fearing to offend".Read more ›
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I purchased American Betrayal upon the recommendation of a dear friend, a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, who serves
as Chaplain for the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition. When I made my initial examination of American Betrayal,
I came across a reference to Moscow Bound by John M. G. Brown, and was utterly astounded. Brown is an old friend and a true
patriot and by virtue of the reference, I sensed that the Chaplain's recommendation could not have been more appropriate.
American Betrayal not only identifies our enemies but also their supporters who smear and denigrate those who would deny
the opportunity to tell the truth and expose them. It also is indicative of our government's position and efforts, on the surface, to engage the enemy while doing little or nothing but render lip service, at best, and giving aid and comfort to the enemy at worst. A prime example is the government's referral to the recovery of America's missing servicemen (which they seldom, if ever, refer to prisoners of war)as our nation's highest national priority and as a testament thereof orders the
POW-MIA flag flown over government buildings. Nevertheless, those Americans still held prisoner were abandoned and exploited
by our government for political and economic reasons. However, as a face-saving measure to show its concerns the government
negotiates and bribes, to obtain the remains of our missing servicemen who were still alive in communist captivity long after the conflicts, from the Siberian Expedition in 1919 through Vietnam, were deemed to have ended. As Dr. Kissinger once referred to "military men 'as dumb stupid animals to be used' as pawns of foreign policy." Ms.
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Diana West's newest book "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on our Nations Character" is a highly researched, blockbuster of a story taking 356 pages to tell with 29 pages of notes. Heavily documented, her thesis is that the US didn't win World War II, the Soviets did with massive help from the British Commonwealth and the US. In fact, this was the conclusion of M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein's book of 2012, Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government. On p. 199 the authors state that "It's evident that the real victors of World War II weren't the United States and Britain, France or China, but the Soviet Union and its world wide web of vassals, satellites, and agents. This book is a great compliment to West's "American Betrayal." In order to accomplish this feat, the USSR had some 500 Soviet Spies and fellow travelers, taking orders from Stalin in Moscow, implanted in the State Department, Treasury Department, Agriculture Department,Department of War, OSI and various other departments, the media and even in the executive office of FDR himself in the guise of Harry Hopkins the "co-president." These people took their orders from Moscow and insured that the American People were lied to every step of the way about the influence of the Soviets on the policy and conduct of World War II, down to picking the Northern French site of Normandy for the D-day invasions. As West points out it would have been much simpler to invade Europe from Italy where the allies had beaten and discombobulated the German Army. From Italy the approach North into Germany would have made excellent sense. Instead, troops from Italy (including my father) were pulled out of Italy and assembled on the Normandy Beaches.Read more ›
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