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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492884537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492884538
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DIANA WEST writes a syndicated column that runs in about 120 newspapers and a number of online sites, including Breitbart.com, Townhall.com, and Worldnetdaily.com. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New Criterion, The Washington Post Magazine, and The Atlantic. She is the author of "The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization," and "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character," published by St. Martin’s Press.

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With the publication of my second book, "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character," I am looking forward to a vigorous debate about my findings, which led me to conclude that far too much of our history (and thus our understanding of ourselves as a people) has been based on a series of Big Lies promoted by an infiltrated, penetrated and subverted US government, from the the days of FDR forward. The admittedly sweeping nature of my claims convinced my editor, St. Martin's Press's Michael Flamini, to include every single one of my 961 endnotes in the book -- just to make sure people could see the same evidence I did.

I am a journalist, not a historian, although writing a syndicated weekly newspaper column since 1999 makes me one of those first-drafters of history. Indeed, I came very close to completing a History major at my alma mater, Yale, until changing my major to English after deciding I preferred the fiction of the Ages to the politics of the History Department. After about twenty years as a journalist (and about 15 as the mother of twins), my first book, "The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization" came out in 2007, also with St Martin's Press, and also with editor Michael Flamini.

Shortly after I began researching and writing "American Betrayal" back in 2009, I began to feel as though I were forging a new genre, "investigative history." As I mined the discarded documents and memoirs and came across new (to me) historical figures and even heroes of the past, I realized I was engaging in an effort to reclaim what stands as a lost history -- our lost history.

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How unfortunate that Ms. West must write a "Rebuttal" to her factual account in "American Betrayal".
Pastor Ed
To understand this book, it is necessary to read Diana West's book "American Betrayal," St. Martins Press, 2013.
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I had read many of the secondary sources that West cited and appreciated her primary source citations.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Fallon on November 1, 2013
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The personal and distortive attacks on Diana West by David Horowitz (via), Ron Radosh, Conrad Black, and minions, came, surprisingly, from the Right!

IF Conrad Black, Ron Radosh, and David Horowitz even BOTHERED to read her book, their distortions and whole-cloth inventions have been eviscerated by experienced and informed powerhouses who sought to expose the truth, as opposed to protecting one's reputation or future access to Russian archives.

The Rebuttal is the collection of those defenses of Truth, efforts put forth by former subjects of the Soviet regime and champions of REAL investigative reporting on United States Cold War history, such as M. Stanton Evans.

The silence of the lions who proclaim their patriot-bonafides on their "conservative" broadcasts continues to befuddle....

Are they protecting turf, or simply afraid?

Update:

On November 12, David Horowitz addressed an audience of fellow conservatives at The Heritage Foundation. His prepared remarks dealt with his new book of essays, The Black Book of the American Left: The Collected Conservative Writings of David Horowitz

His address, and the question/answer period which followed, was recorded by Heritage, and may be viewed on their site.

A 14-minute clip has been posted on Diana West's blog, dianawest.net, in which Mr. Horowitz attempted to "Who? Me!?? I ... I, uh, I didn't do it! It was dem!" his way out of his lost position. In addition, he admitted that the whole attack was motivated by a desire to retain hegemony among Soviet history/Cold War intellectuals. Then, M.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John Dietrich on November 9, 2013
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When Diana West took up her little sling and aimed at Communism, she hit something else. Maybe she should be called Chambers on steroids. The level of vitriol unleashed against her reveals that she hit a sensitive spot. She has responded in a responsible way with The Rebuttal. West has been accused of being "very angry very self-centered," with a "paranoid streak." I view her as being modest to a fault. Her behavior does not match their psychological diagnosis. Her opponents have made a major miscalculation. The time tested method of dealing with uncomfortable facts is to completely ignore them. By attacking Diana West in such an amateurish fashion they have increased the circulation of these facts. Such attacks are counterproductive. Diana West fears that these attacks undermine her integrity. I think it is clear that they have undermined the integrity of her opponents.

Progressive defenders of the Consensus have suffered defeat after defeat. The truth about the Ukrainian famine, Katyn Forrest Massacre, the guilt of the Rosenbergs, Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White and untold others, eventually came out in spite of their heroic efforts. These defenders of the Soviet conspiracy make no apologies. They do not need to. Their mistakes are conveniently assigned to the Memory Hole. As Vladimir Bukovsky points out such incompetence would have severe consequences in any other field.

Ned May describes how professional historians view their field: "the masters of the guild get angry when someone less worthy than they are ventures into the orchard in which only they are privileged to harvest. The harvest the outsiders brought in, they ritually burn." Amateurs are incapable understanding "historical context.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Heckman on October 26, 2013
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I was startled by the vitriolic attacks on the book American Betrayal by Ron Radosh and Conrad Black. I had read two of Radosh's books, Commies, about growing up communist, and Red Star over Hollywood, about the Hollywood Ten. I hadn't read Black and all I knew about him was he'd recently gotten out of jail.

I wasn't very impressed, by Radosh's writing, the only thing I took away from his red diaper days was that Mary Travers was "easy". To my chagrin he's apparently a respected historian with the scalps of the Rosenbergs on his belt.

I never read his review, due no doubt to my ineptness with a computer, but I noticed he'd stirred up a tempest in the tiny teapot that is Frontpage. I read a lot of reaction that seemed to recapitulated Radosh's talking points but very few who actually said they'd read the book.

I enjoyed American Betrayal. I had read many of the secondary sources that West cited and appreciated her primary source citations. She makes a compelling argument for the idea that agents of influence serving Soviet interests had more input into American strategy in WW2 than we ever realized and its been covered up for years.

I liked her endnotes, Radosh doesn't provide any for Commies he does for Red Star so I find it odd he would attack her scholarship.Conrad Black is another game of soldiers all together,I'll take West's version over that Jailbird any day.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Edward Cline on October 25, 2013
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The smear campaign and attacks on Diana West for having written a book which Neocon David Horowitz of FrontPage said she shouldn't have written were ugly and uncalled-for. Justice was not to be had from him or his allies in the neoconservative camp. The attack was unprovoked and quite disturbing, as much so as the recent attack on an American student on the streets of London by a Muslim gang (aka an "Asian" gang, we mustn't slander Muslims now, right?). West, to find justice in countering all the calumnies leveled against her, had to write a line-by-line rebuttal to all the charges of incompetence and "conspiracy theorizing" cooked up by Horowitz, Ron Radosh, and some surprisingly thick-headed cohorts, such as the editor of American Thinker. If you want to see what is necessary to counter and answer the kinds of baseless charges that can be leveled against anyone by people out to "get you" and cast aspersions on your credibility, this is the book to read. Such a book wouldn't have been necessary had the smear masters had an ounce of intellectual honesty. Like the Clint Eastwood character in "Hang 'em High," she had to go after the culprits herself. And she did a thorough job of it.
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