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Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight it. Paperback – April 8, 2012


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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475162715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475162714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Edgar Hoover was the Director of the FBI for 48 years from May 10, 1924 until his death on May 2, 1972. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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You will never view the news the same after reading it.
Gerald J Kenney, Jr.
Communists speak of "freedom from..." but never "freedom to...", and this is one of the most dehumanising elements in socialist societies.
Robert R. Fisher
This book should be rquired reading for high school seniors and college students.
Frank D.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vincent R. Singer on October 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book over 30 years ago while in High School. While Hoover is credited as the author, some sources say that the book was ghost-written by Agent Fern Stukenbroeker, an FBI researcher on subversive groups employed in the Crime Records Division. While the organization and function of most subversive movements, Left and Right, are patterned after techniques honed to a sharp edge in the Soviet Union, the information in this book applies to more than merely Communism. Many of these same techniques were/are used yet today by the CIA/FBI/NSA, as well as radical progressive and ultra-conservative organizations in domestic and international disinformation and subversion campaigns.

Consider this book a primer into an education in the operation/administration of covert operations, concerning all facets of the political spectrum, and an insight into how attempts are made daily through the media to influence your thoughts and actions - in ways you would never expect, or otherwise recognize.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Frank D. on June 11, 2006
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This book should be rquired reading for high school seniors and college students. It explains much of what has happened in this country over the past forty or fifty years ... in particular, it anticipated the tactics that were used during the Vietnam era, Iran-Contra, etc. These tactics continue to be used today.
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Fisher VINE VOICE on December 14, 2005
I finally decided to read this book in light of current political events, particularly the fact that many anti-war protests are organized and funded by communist/marxist groups.

I was surprised by the relevance of this book given the nearly sixty years since the first printing. Had I read this in 1995, I might have been more inclined to pass it off as a ranting voice from the distant past, but the current love affair with Che Guevara in particular and marxist ideas in general at US colleges proves several of Hoover's main points.

However, Hoover spends more time exploring/explaining the tactics used by communists as they attempt to make socialism acceptable to Americans. He highlights the constant drone by the socialists/communists on the "evils" of capitalism. Moreover, Hoover points to the loss of personal responsibility and accountability as fundamental to accepting an ever more powerful central government that dictates and controls more of our daily lives.

Communists speak of "freedom from..." but never "freedom to...", and this is one of the most dehumanising elements in socialist societies.

The fact that communism/marxism is taught today at colleges and universities as a benign, more enlightened form of government without any reference to the horrors they brought on humanity should serve as a warning on just how masterly deceived many Americans have become.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Slim Pickens on September 25, 2012
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This book is a compelling depiction of Communism in a America and how it started and evoled. It reveals some stiking simularities in the way politics are unfolding today.
It details the underpinnings of the move to European Socializim in this country, via Labor unions, pop culture, divide and conqour techniques, i.e., gender, age,and class warfare.
A must read for the young reader, who is not familiar with this type of history in our country.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GinnyLee on October 7, 2011
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I always thought the guy was a control freak, but it's interesting how much of this book has come true. A good one. Well worth the read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Squires on October 28, 2009
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Spooky how he nailed down what would happen. Very informative. Great history lesson you or your kids will not get through mainstream education.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 10, 2012
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John Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) was, of course, the first Director of the FBI, appointed in 1924. He is also credited with the authorship (although they were most likely ghostwritten) of the books, Persons in hiding, A study of communism, and J. Edgar Hoover on Communism, as well as this 1958 book.

He wrote in the Foreword, "Communism is the major menace of our time. Today, it threatens the very existence of our Western civilization... The Communist Party, never forget, is a state within a state. It has its own system of 'courts,' ... It enforces its own laws... The Party member may physically reside in the United States, but he 'lives' in a communist 'world.'"

He admits (pg. 5) that the Party in the U.S. has seen a severe drop in its membership from the peak of 80,000 in 1944 to (1957-current) about 20,000. However, he later notes "the value of fellow travelers and sympathizers," whose value "lies in their alleged noncommunist affiliation." (Pg. 83)

He asserts that the Party's position toward African-Americans is determined by Soviet foreign policy, and "not by concern for their welfare." (Pg. 228) He also states that "A true follower of the Jewish faith, like those of other religions, cannot embrace communism." (Pg. 240)

He charges that although acts of sabotage "are not now part of the Party's program, they may become so in the future." (Pg. 283)

However, he also strongly notes that "Smears, character assassination, and the scattering of irresponsible charges have no place in this nation," and "hinder rather than aid the fight against communism." (Pg. 290)
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