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Henry Wallace, Harry Truman and the Cold War Hardcover – October 27, 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (October 27, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670368598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670368594
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In an outrageous practice, Amazon has simply adopted verbatim as its alleged "Product Description", the absurd, utterly false right-wing polemic presented in the customer review of one "Swickard." Disregard Amazon's false Product Description.

Swickard's false and extremely biased customer review is designed to keep people from buying this book and learning the truth about how the corrupt party bosses, right-wing corporate leaders and aristocracy defeated the choice of two-thirds of the Democratic party--including President Roosevelt--for the renomination of Vice-President Henry Wallace as FDR's running mate for his fourth term. Yes, that's right, the person that Swickard purports to describe was not only President Roosevelt's long-time colleague, and his Vice President from 1941=1945, but also Roosevelt's choice to continue in the Vice-Presidency. and the choice of 65% of Democrats nationwide.

The ultra-wealthy 1% and their lobbyists and power brokers had to defeat Wallace, as they knew Roosevelt was dying and the Vice-President chosen would become President. Truman was a mediocre joke who knew nothing of foreign policy other than the extremist propaganda his right-wing corporate and political bosses brainwashed him with. Through crooked back-room deals, offering appointments and cash and using threats, the ultra-wealthy and corporate interests succeeded in getting Truman rather than Wallace nominated as FDR's running mate. When Truman succeeded to the Presidency on FDR's death, he caused the Cold War and McCarthyism, and did nothing to continue the progressive agenda of FDR and Vice-President Wallace.

Wallace was very socially progressive, decades ahead of his time, advocating among other things equal pay for women and blacks.
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Rightwing ridicule of Wallace-FDR's attempts to work with Russia after WWII could be understood only in complete ignorance of next Republican President Eisenhower's warnings of "military-industrial-Congressional complex". What Eisenhower didn't say is this "takeover" of American political process had already occurred-when 1944 Democratic Convention was subverted by big oil-U.S. Steel crony, James Byrnes and corporate democrats (today's, D.L.C.)

Rightwing historical revisionism, very nearly complete, has attempted to eviscerate deals between big 4, WWII, including $10 billion war reparations (which Byrnes-Truman eliminated) for Russia, for 20-30 million dead defeating Hitler, which is largely what Russia-Stalin accomplished, and deals involving Russia in Eastern Europe political and military influence, justified by German invasions twice in previous 25 years. Stalin saw the issue in terms of Russian defense-acceding, Tehran meetings big 4, to Churchill's priorities of non-communist Greece, and FDR's priority, Russian troops against Japan following defeat of Germany.

The shame of it all is U.S., having gotten what FDR-Wallace bargained for, Truman then broke agreements. Excuses were formulated, and Cold War commenced, in complete contrast to Wallace-FDR emphasis upon trade between Russia, and west.
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By Lavi on October 1, 2013
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A (still) new perspective on one of the most pivotal elections in American history, exploring the first great challenge to the security state in U.S. presidential elections.
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3 of 31 people found the following review helpful By L. Swickard on March 15, 2006
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Walton's book is meant to be a vigorous defense of Henry Wallace and the Far Left during the 40's and 50s. But, intended or not, what Walton inadvertently reveals is that Wallace was a pompous fool. If not a "fellow traveler," then he was one of the "useful idiots" on the left that Lenin laughed about. Wallace is revealed as so pro-Soviet as to be blind to the true nature of totalitarian communism, naive to the point of being dangerous and reckless, arrogant and haughty, and driven by passions the author does not want to delve into. The book also reveals, inadvertently, the duplicity of intellectuals on the left and the stars of the entertainment world who, knowingly or not, were essentially working on behalf of Stalin. This is the huge dirty secret the Left continues to lie about, distort, and suppress. Walton's attempt to defend Wallace and the left backfired admirably.
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More About the Author

Richard John Walton was born on May 24, 1928 in Saratoga Springs, NY to Gertrude and Richard James Walton. At a very early age he moved with his family to Providence, RI where he was raised, attending Classical High School [1945] and Brown University [1951]. He interrupted his years at Brown with two years in the U.S. Navy as a journalist's mate.
After a couple of years as a disk jockey on radio station WICE, Providence, he attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, earning a master's degree [1954].
Walton then worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal in 1954 and 1955 and then moved to the New York World-Telegram and The Sun 1955-1959. In 1959 he moved to Washington where he worked as producer-host of Report to Africa for the Voice of America. He traveled widely in Africa in 1960 doing a series of documentaries on the independence movement for which he interviewed many African leaders including Patrice Lumumba. In 1962 he returned to New York City as principal UN correspondent for VOA.
He left VOA in 1967 to write his first book: The Remnants of Power: The
Tragic Last Years of Adlai Stevenson. Eleven other books followed as listed elsewhere on Amazon.
During subsequent years he contributed to a number of publications: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, The Saturday Review, Cosmopolitan, Playboy and many other publications. He was an early member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Walton also began teaching parttime in the years after he left VOA, teaching writing, political science and history at Housatonic Community College in Stratford, CT, The New School for Social Research in New York City and what is now Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. And for the last 25 years he has taught, first political science and history and then writing at Rhode Island College. There he was one of the founders of the Adjunct Faculty Union of the American Federation of Teachers and in 2009 he was elected as its first president.
Walton became active with the Citizens Party and in 1980 was active in the presidential campaign of environmentalist Barry Commoner and in 1984 was the Citizens Party candidate for vice president, running with feminist Sonia Johnson as presidential candidate. He later became active in the U.S. Green Party and has served on several of its national bodies.
He returned to his home state of Rhode Island in 1981 and became an activist serving with Amos House [state's largest soup kitchen], for some years as president. He also volunteered with the Stone Soup Coffee House, now about to enter its 30th season. He was its first president and served for 15 years; he is still active and in June 2010 was returned to the presidency. He has also served on the boards of the George Wiley Center [advocates for the poor], the RI Coalition for the Homeless, and Slater Mill Historic Site. As a long time member of the Providence-Niquinohomo Sister City Project he has been to Nicaragua many times where the Project built a health center and a school. He has also twice served on RI medical teams in Guatemala. And he has traveled widely all through Central America.
Walton has received the Sister Carol McGovern Award of the RI Coalition for the Homeless for his work with the homeless. And also the John Kifney Award of the Providence Newspaper Guild for his service to the community.
He has been married to two splendid women, Margaret Hilton and Mary Una Jones. Both marriages ended in divorce. He has two children, Richard [1958] and Catherine [1960] and one granddaughter, Maggie [1995], daughter of Catherine. He now lives at 5 Grenore St., Warwick, RI 02888, where he is an avid gardener living right on the shores of historic [rum-running] Pawtuxet
Cove.
Walton loves to travel and has visited more than 50 countries, perhaps most interestingly teaching English in a Shanghai elementary school in the summer of 2007. An interesting life.

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