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The Haunted Fifties 1953-1963 (A nonconformist history of our times) Hardcover – May 25, 1989


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  • Series: A nonconformist history of our times
  • Hardcover: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International (May 25, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316817643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316817646
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,286,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The last three volumes in the six-volume series of columns from Stone's iconoclastic Weekly . Reviewing volume 1, The War Years, 1939-1945, LJ 's reviewer said, "Stone's no-holds-barred journalism sparkles " ( LJ 9/15/88). Stone died this June, so expect renewed interest.-- MR
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G Ede on February 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book, one of a series of collected material from his decades of writing, looks at a time of high tension, when the terror of nuclear war became real and the fear of the Soviet Union was used to justify a variety of questionable activities. Because he was an outsider and a leftist, his work had to meet a very high standard of research to be taken seriously. If you want to understand how the USA got to be the way it is today, these are vital documents.
I.F. Stone, who was a thorn in the side of the American government for more than thirty years, was so hated by government officials and in particular the right wing in American politics that even in death has has been the target of attack, accused of being a paid agent of the USSR. It must be pointed out that he was, in the end, no friend to any government that held its own people in contempt, whether on the right or left ends of the political spectrum. Read this book (and his others) to find out why.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Crawford on May 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This anthology can serve as an ideal introduction to what it was like to live at the height of the Cold War, a time in which the fear of a nuclear holocaust was part of everyday life. Stone approaches it all as both an intellectual and reporter, doing trench work on his beat yet reflecting with the depth of a real thinker, almost a contemporary historian. His voice is unique and his emotions always ring true.

I pulled this volume off of my father's shelf and was immediately engrossed in the vivid writing and evocation of the period. Stone was writing for his independent newsletter - he refused to do the lecture circuit to pay his bills, preferring to stay in DC in order to do what he saw as his job of seeking the truth - and it was required reading for anyone interested in national security policy for nearly 25 years, to the late 1960s. It is extremely stimulating, the product of an acute mind and a writer of great talent.

Stone is open-minded and rarely does any ideological bias show itself, in spite of his earlier leftist leanings. It is ridiculous to accuse him of being a Soviet spy - his review of the USSR on an independent trip there was that it was "not a good society run by honest men." The difference is that he really went there to see for himself and left with no illusions. Also, at times he grudingly approved of Eisenhower as a promoter of peace, and saw through the charm of JFK to the traditional conservative who was underneath. His is a uniquely independent voice.

But his reporting forays into the national security state are perhaps what had the greatest impact. He would often scoop reporters on the major papers with his revelations of underground nuclear testing and similar findings.
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4 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I.F. Stone was revealed as a paid agent of the Soviet government with the release of the Venona transcripts in 1995. As a journalist in the pay of a hostile foreign government, Stone's view of the 1950s is fraudulent, biased and twisted to the highest degree. His writing as a "journalist" and his views of justice are as twisted as his loyalty to Stalin.
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