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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.
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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 5 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 7 months ago by Michael P. Harlow
To learn about the history of Socialism/Communisim in the U.S. from someone who lived it there is no better source!Published 21 months ago by Charles C. Tucker
The background Mr. Radosh provides is startling. My favorite part was about Pete Seeger. We all know he opposed the Vietnam War. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Jim C.
The value of a book like this, presented as an eye-witness account, depends on the credibility with which it reports events. Read morePublished on September 11, 2011 by Jared M. Israel
An outstanding political autobiography of Ronald Radosh's journey from the furthest reaches of the far Left to a gradual awakening to its hypocrisy and dangerousness, and his own... Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Classical Fan
Stephen McCauley knows how to tell a story and describe characters, but in a way that is believable and not pretentious.Published on August 2, 2011 by D. Casto
What a revelation - that old stuff about Communist infiltration - it's true! And even worse than I realized - I didn't know about those Communist summer camps in the... Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by rantbot
This entertaining book 'left' me wanting more.There are some valid criticisms made in these reviews,but to not leave your name/handle is cowardly. Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by R. Deck