The list author says: "Eugene Lyons' classic work, The Red Decade, Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1941, gave a name to this era. Since the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union, a new historiography has emerged that has relied on Soviet archival primary sources and declassified American decrypted documents not available to previous generations of researchers.
We now know Roosevelt’s New Deal was indeed a hotbed for hundred of spies for the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s. The Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) was a ripe recruiting ground for espionage, from the top leadership cadre down to the rank and file Party membership. Courageous Americans who broke with the Party, such as former CPUSA General Secretary Benjamin Gitlow, author of The Whole of Their Lives: Communism in America: A Personal History and Intimate Portrayal of Its Leaders, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1948, have been vindicated in their warnings to the American people of this Trojan Horse within our country.
The shocking new revelations of factual evidence unearthed by these researchers has not always been welcomed in the larger scholarly community. Two of the most intrepid of these historians, John Earl Hayes and Harvey Klehr, have documented this on-going Battle of the Books in their celebrated, definitive work, In Denial: Historians, Communism & Espionage, Encounter Books, 2003.
For various reasons outlined in their book, many members of the academy have not let go of Cold War mythology and ideological distortions, and have actively sought to deny the new truths that emerged from these clandestine cloisters and dispute the documentary record. They see controversy where none should exist. Refusing to believe that a new post-Cold War historiographic paradigm has emerged, they hold fast to an outdated interpretative status quo."
"American Communist Party General Secretary, Communist International executive committee member Gitlow courageously reveals the true nature of subversion, infiltration & Stalinist control of the CPUSA."
"Interweaving narrative and archival research from Soviet documents, the authors present a convincing new picture of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), providing proof that it was involved in espionage and other subversive activities."
"Digging even deeper than the authors' earlier volume, The Secret World of American Communism (above), this book conclusively demonstrates that the CPUSA was little more than a pawn of the Soviet Stalinist regime."
"Based on KGB archives that have never come to light before, this book provides the most complete account of Soviet espionage in America ever written. John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev have meticulously constructed a new, sometimes shocking, historical account."
"The New Deal was a hotbed of hundreds of covert Soviet spies working for the NKVD and GRU. The Venona Project was a super-secret US counter-intelligence effort which uncovered this enormous range of espionge."
"Must-read companion to The Venona Secrets by John Haynes Holmes and Harvey Klehr (above) and The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors, by Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel -- brilliantly sketched portraits of Communist treachery during the New Deal and Second World War."
"Even after the grisly truths revealed from the archives of the former Soviet Union and the Venona Project, many prominent historians are still in deep denial regarding the nature of the gulag and Cold War."
"Never forget that Communism was responsible for over 100 million deaths in the 20th Century. These were enslaved subject peoples, savagely killed by their own ruthless Communist regimes. This was the idealistic utopian fantasy fought for by the 'useful idiots' in the Popular Front of the 1930s."
"The Soviet Communist Party began dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and collectivization, the abolition of private ownership of land and the concentration of the remaining peasants in 'collective' farms, followed by a 'terror-famine,' inflicted on the peasants of the Ukraine and certain other areas. The death toll was an estimated 14.5 million."
"Describes Communist infiltration and manipulation of the industrial union movement via the CIO, earlier documentated by former CPUSA leader Benjamin Gitlow in The Whole of Their Lives (number 3 above)"
"Using local party records, oral histories, union records, party newspapers, and government documents, Randi Storch fills the gap between Leninist principles and the day-to-day activities of Chicago's rank-and-file Communists."
"One of the most important books I have ever read. Discover the master manipulator Willi Muenzenberg's Gramscian attempt to capture the culture and mind of the West for his Soviet masters. The Party's Popular Front was the key vehicle used for his agitprop intelligence network."
"Munzenberg's apparatus funded painter Georg Grosz and movie director Erwin Piscator and manipulated a host of writers, artists, journalists, Hollywood performers and public figures, among them Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Andre Gide, Dorothy Parker, Andre Malraux, Felix Frankfurter and Bertolt Brecht. Revised and updated text of the above volume."
"America's naive left-wing intelligentsia was indeed 'dancing in the dark' regarding Stalinist agitprop manipulation of cultural institutions of art, literature and cinema. But you won't find any of this nay-saying in Dickstein's sympathetic account."
"This book charts the extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity that embraced Disney animators and proletarian novelists alike, alongside Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John Dos Passos, and Billie Holiday. Spawned by Munzenberg's Popular Front of the Communist Party, it grew to encompass virtually every aspect of high and popular art in the US."
"The authors Wald examines range from the familiar Mike Gold, Langston Hughes, and Muriel Rukeyser to William Attaway, John Malcolm Brinnin, Stanley Burnshaw, Joy Davidman, Sol Funaroff, Joseph Freeman, Alfred Hayes, Eugene Clay Holmes, V. J. Jerome, Ruth Lechlitner, and Frances Winwar."
"The second of three volumes by Wald that track the political and personal lives of several generations of U.S. left-wing writers, this volume carries forward the chronicle launched in Exiles from a Future Time. In this volume Wald delves into the era when the International Brigades fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the United States battled in World War II (1941-45)."
"This book presents a very different view of the role of the Soviet Union in this war. Based on previously unavailable Moscow archives, it provides the first full documentation of that country's duplicitous and self-serving activities."
"Michael Gold was the pen-name of Jewish American writer Itzok Isaac Granich. A lifelong communist, his semi-autobiographical proletarian novel, Jews Without Money, was a bestseller. It made Gold a national figure and cultural commissar of the Communist Party. As a critic, Gold fiercely denounced left wing authors who he held deviated from the Communist Party line."
"Crucial in-depth analysis to understanding the organizational dynamic of the CPUSA (under Cominterm direction) in formenting California labor disruption and strikes. Excellent companion to Steinbeck's two novels above."
"Caldwell's racy and raunchy proletarian novel about greedy, grasping and vicious underclass denisons of North Carolina was the subject of a famous New York court case to supress and ban its sale and distribution. The favorable verdict launched it into becoming one of most widely sought and purchased books in the world."
"Harry Dexter White, New Deal under secretary of the treasury, mastermind (with John Maynard Keynes) of Bretton Woods, the IMF and the World Bank, was also a key Soviet 'agent of influence' in formenting Japan's Pearl Harbor attack to protect the Soviet's eastern front."
"The author explains that Stalin's strategy leading up to World War II grew from Lenin's belief that if World War I did not ignite the worldwide Communist revolution, then a second world war would be needed to achieve it. Stalin saw Nazi Germany as the power that would fight and weaken capitalist countries so that Soviet armies could then sweep across Europe."
"Marx and Engels were the first proponents of genocide. The National Socialism of Hitler and the Soviet Socialism of Lenin and Stalin were based on systematic mass murder. The film traces the implementation of these ideas which led to the deaths of over one hundred million persons. Particularly revealing is the close ideological partnership of the bloody Nazi and Soviet regimes."
"Not white-washed 'politically correct' court history. Exceptional BBC documentary series based on archival information obtained after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Shows the true barbaric nature of the conflict and the duplicity of all major leaders by dramatic reenactments of behind the scenes meetings."
"Expanding the temporal and geographical boundaries of the fight for racial equality, Gilmore's scholarship considers international racial politics and traces a progression from 1920s Communists, who joined forces in the late 1930s with a radical left to form a Southern popular front, to the 1940s grassroots activists."