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The Politician [Paperback]

Robert Welch
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May 1975 9990864985 978-9990864984 9th
Originally intended to be an unpublished letter to friends, "The Politician" became one of the most vilified books in American history.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Western Islands; 9th edition (May 1975)
  • ISBN-10: 9990864985
  • ISBN-13: 978-9990864984
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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This book was considered one of the most controversial
non-religious manuscripts of its day. The author felt it
was too "hot" for publication in 1956, when Eisenhower was
a very popular president. A few copies circulated among
some of Robert Welch's friends, and some updates were made
in the next few years. The national press "uncovered" a
copy after Welch's new organization, The John Birch Society,
proved to be a growing threat to the status quo. Hostile
reviews began appearing across the country of an unpublished
People began asking for the book.

Mr. Welch decided in 1963 to publish The Politician in self
defense. Once the book was printed, demand by bookstores
suddenly dried up, and reviewers quit mentioning it.
Hundreds of thousands of copies were eventually sold, but
that is another story...

The chapter on Operation Keelhaul is worth the price of the
book. Eisenhower's role in the forced repatriation of
refugees and anti-communists to the Soviet Union at the end
of WWII is well documented. It is a nauseating account of
treachery and politics in the twentieth century.

The maneuverings leading up to the 1952 GOP presidential
nomination are also revealed in the book, along with many
other historical details of the Eisenhower years not
commonly known. Hundreds of footnotes list primary sources,
mostly major newspaper stories, to verify the narrative.

The value of the book is not limited to students of the
1950's. Great insight into present day U.S. foreign policy
is hidden within the story of Ike. The uncanny similarity
of Clinton's globalism to Bush's "New World Order" makes
more sense after reading this groundbreaking book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A counterrevolutionary masterpiece! July 23, 1998
In the years before the American Right ceased to function as a true counter establishment force the John Birch Society sent shivers down the spine of left wing politicians and their pawns. Our author Robert Welch, the Society's founder and leader, was not shy in pointing out the role played by Establishment types, Republicans as well as Democrats, in America's decline. This book centers on the Eisenhower Administration and the advance of Communism and leftism that it collaborated with. It is not for the feint of heart but when one surveys the wreckage which Ike left behind (all herein documented) anti-Communist Russians, German prisoners of war, the political destruction of McCarthey, Taft and the South it seems in retrospect that the old Belmont candy manufacturer might have been on to something. This is an important political document of the Amrican Right (old school) and deserves a reading or a re-reading today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting expose of Commander in Chief June 4, 2012
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It has been nearly twenty years since I first read this book written by the founder of the John Birch Society. This brilliant man had at the age of five read the world encyclopedia. At 13 he was a college teacher. He will be remembered for exposing the communist conspiracy and its fellow travellers. This book reveals facts concerning President Eisenhower such as his lack of qualification when appointed to Command the European theatre of War and his administration of Operation Keelhall. Recently a video clip of an Eisenhower speech which contains a warning concerning the military industrial complex has been widely disseminated online. This video of Robert Welch's speech, "The Truth in Time" ,found on YouTube, is far more illuminating than a mere reference by Eisenhower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've never liked Ike. July 29, 2013
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My opinion: having studied Ike over the years, I came to the conclusion years ago that he was a second rate general, probably third rate. Understand, WWII was won by the Russians using supplies and money from the west and soldiers from themselves. One can disagree, but the Allies in the west did not carry the day, despite Hollywood. They pinned down Hitler's forces, but the Russians won it. Ike was a nobody, no combat experience from West Point through WWII. None. Stateside in WW I. He didn't write books on tactics; he didn't present vision (Billy Mitchell) or aggression (Patton, Bradley, Arnold, Halsey). So who was Ike, really, and how did he get to 5 stars and why did he hold Patton back? Why did Ike surrender in Korea? Why did Ike hand Cuba to the communists? Why did Ike return free Polish soldiers (our allies) to Stalin? Why did Ike attack the military industrial complex - which had been the backbone of US MIlitary strength such that Parisians and were not speaking either German or Russian? Google :Harry Dexter White. Google: Alger Hiss. Get the picture? Welch's book is about Ike without the usual fawning nonsense that surrounds the legend. I have learned to check out footnotes in books; an interesting hobby. Polemics are fun, but I want footnotes and references. This book provides them, plenty. I used to think Anne Coulter was a female version of Christopher Hitchens until I read and fact-checked the trail of her footnotes. You don't have to read her text - just read her intro and footnotes. SPot on. Same here. It was a different world in the 1950's. Commuism was finishing up its initial waves of killing millions and millions and millions and continuous geographical conquest. Read more ›
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