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There's a certain amount of score settling on these pages, much of it amusing. What makes Commies fascinating, however, is Radosh's virtual banishment from left-wing politics for publishing The Rosenberg File, a book that definitively showed Julius Rosenberg was not the innocent martyr of liberal mythology but a traitor to his country. Radosh actually started the book believing he could vindicate Rosenberg; through the course of his research, however, he concluded the man was guilty, and set about saying so. This was too much for many of his friends, who soon refused to be seen with him in public. Here is a man who viewed the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 as very possibly a portent of "extreme reaction, if not fascism," suddenly blacklisted by the Left. He became disenchanted with how he had spent his life and "started to question the whole project of the Left." He even suffered professionally: in 1993, Radosh was denied a job in George Washington University's history department. "If I had still been a Communist writing left-wing history, I probably would have breezed in. But faculty members practicing a politically correct version of McCarthyism blackballed me."
Radosh is not a left-winger who has become a right-winger, like David Horowitz, but he is clearly a person who has had second thoughts about what he once believed. America, he writes, is "a country where I was born but didn't fully discover until middle age." Commies is a valuable document describing radicalism in the 1950s and 1960s from the inside. --John J. Miller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a painful read for those of us who started out on the Left and lived through the sixties, seventies and beyond, only to live and learn. Read morePublished 3 months ago by EFH
Excellent autobiography by a historian raised as a communist, who then converted and became a conservative.Published 9 months ago by Rodger Hammerstein
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Just can't to the end of this book. Wish I were enjoying it more.Published 13 months ago by Kelly Gannon
The bulk of this book seems to be Radosh bragging about how important he was on the left before his conversion to conservatism, with large amounts of name dropping for good... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Roderick V Gates
Ron Radosh brilliantly describes the beginning of the Communist movement in the USA. From this beginning we eventually get a Leftist propaganda machine formerly known as the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael P. Harlow