The Red Decade

A Listmania! list by anarchteacher (United States)
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 Refusing to believe that a new post-Cold War historiographic paradigm has emerged, they hold fast to an outdated interpretative status quo."
The Red Decade: The Classic Work on Communism in America During the Thirties
1.  The Red Decade: The Classic Work on Communism in America During the Thirties by Eugene Lyons
The list author says:
  "'. . . So comrades come rally'  -- stooges for Stalin."
$31.38   Used & New from: $27.38
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
2.  Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel
The list author says:
  "A true classic!  Exceptional oral history of a wide strata of Americans caught up in the 'hard times' of the Great Depression."
$15.65   Used & New from: $3.65
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

The Whole of Their Lives: Communism in America (The Americanist Library)
3.  The Whole of Their Lives: Communism in America (The Americanist Library) 
The list author says:
  "American Communist Party General Secretary, Communist International executive committee member Gitlow courageously reveals the true nature of subversion, infiltration & Stalinist control of the CPUSA."
Used & New from: $2.10

See buying options
The Secret World of American Communism (Annals of Communism Series)
4.  The Secret World of American Communism (Annals of Communism Series) by Harvey E. Klehr
The list author says:
  "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."
$34.18   Used & New from: $4.98
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Soviet World of American Communism (Annals of Communism Series)
5.  The Soviet World of American Communism (Annals of Communism Series) by Harvey E. Klehr
The list author says:
  "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."
$71.00   Used & New from: $6.50
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America
6.  Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America by John Earl Haynes
The list author says:
  "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."
$21.20   Used & New from: $5.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government
7.  Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government by M. Stanton Evans
The list author says:
  "Betrayal, duplicity, cover-up and treason characterize the actions of the Roosevelt regime and its penetrated Soviet agents and fellow travelers."
$13.62   Used & New from: $2.42
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (Yale Nota Bene)
8.  Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (Yale Nota Bene) by John Earl Haynes
The list author says:
  "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."
$21.62   Used & New from: $4.88
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America - The Stalin Era (Modern Library Paperbacks)
9.  The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America - The Stalin Era (Modern Library Paperbacks) by Allen Weinstein
The list author says:
  "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."
$20.70   Used & New from: $0.42
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage
10.  In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage by John Earl Haynes
The list author says:
  "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."
$11.54   Used & New from: $3.74
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
11.  The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression by Jean-Louis Panné
The list author says:
  "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."
$51.66   Used & New from: $15.90
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine
12.  The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine by Robert Conquest
The list author says:
  "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."
$17.96   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

The Great Terror: A Reassessment
13.  The Great Terror: A Reassessment by Robert Conquest
The list author says:
  "The definitive work on Stalin's savage purges of millions of workers, party members, intellectuals, military leaders from life in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics."
$24.09   Used & New from: $12.81
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Left Out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions
14.  Left Out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions by Judith Stepan-Norris
The list author says:
  "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)"
$41.70   Used & New from: $18.33
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928-35 (Working Class in American History)
15.  Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928-35 (Working Class in American History) by Randi Storch
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $8.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

See buying options
Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West
16.  Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West by Stephen Koch
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $5.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

See buying options
Double Lives: Stalin, Willi Munzenberg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals
17.  Double Lives: Stalin, Willi Munzenberg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals by Stephen Koch
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $31.51
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

See buying options
Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
18.  Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein
The list author says:
  "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."
$15.56   Used & New from: $0.04
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century
19.  The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century by Michael Denning
The list author says:
  "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."
$18.63   Used & New from: $12.33
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left
20.  Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left by Alan M. Wald
The list author says:
  "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."
$34.95   Used & New from: $2.00

Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade
21.  Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade by Alan M. Wald
The list author says:
  "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)."
Used & New from: $4.21

See buying options
Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War (Annals of Communism Series)
22.  Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War (Annals of Communism Series) by Ronald Radosh
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $3.79
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

See buying options
Jews without Money
23.  Jews without Money by Michael Gold
The list author says:
  "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."
$29.51   Used & New from: $1.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE ( Annotated )
24.  IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE ( Annotated ) by Sinclair Lewis
The list author says:
  "But It Did Happen Here!  One of my all-time favorite novels.  It has long been my dream to model my personal library of thousands of books after hero Doremus Jessup's reclusive study and retreat."
Out of stock
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

See buying options
In Dubious Battle (Penguin Classics)
25.  In Dubious Battle (Penguin Classics) by John Steinbeck
The list author says:
  "Steinbeck's celebrated agitprop novel of vicious class warfare in rural California."
$12.44   Used & New from: $0.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

The Grapes of Wrath
26.  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The list author says:
  "John Steinbeck's famed proletarian novel of rural Okie Joad clan beset by bankers and bosses."
$11.11   Used & New from: $2.82
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,453 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Dark Sweat, White Gold: California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal
27.  Dark Sweat, White Gold: California Farm Workers, Cotton, and the New Deal by Devra Weber
The list author says:
  "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."
$30.56   Used & New from: $3.24
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

God's Little Acre
28.  God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
The list author says:
  "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."
$14.84   Used & New from: $1.62
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

Tobacco Road
29.  Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
The list author says:
  "Caldwell's proletarian novel of rural Georgia sharecroppers is characterized by its lurid portrayal of shiftless degenerates and casual violence among the underclass."
$15.45   Used & New from: $0.23
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

Stormy weather: Crosslights on the nineteen thirties : an informal social history of the United States 1929-1941
30.  Stormy weather: Crosslights on the nineteen thirties : an informal social history of the United States 1929-1941 by J. C. Furnas
The list author says:
  "Fascinating and sweeping account of the social history of the 1930s, much here not found in other accounts."
Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

See buying options
Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story Behind America's Favorite Movies
31.  Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story Behind America's Favorite Movies by Paul Buhle
The list author says:
  "Excellent, indispensible resource and guide to American cinema of the 1930s to 1950s. I keep my copy next to me when viewing my favorite films from Turner Classic Movies (TCM)."
Used & New from: $3.25
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

See buying options
Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s
32.  Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s by Lloyd Billingsley
The list author says:
  "True story of the Hollywood Ten, the Blacklists, and idiot liberal naivete."
Used & New from: $3.18
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

See buying options
My Song Is My Weapon: People's Songs, American Communism, and the Politics of Culture, 1930-50 (Music in American Life)
33.  My Song Is My Weapon: People's Songs, American Communism, and the Politics of Culture, 1930-50 (Music in American Life) by Robbie Lieberman
The list author says:
  "Folk Music" as Communist agitprop"
$21.00   Used & New from: $1.22
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR's White House Triggered Pearl Harbor
34.  Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR's White House Triggered Pearl Harbor by John Koster
The list author says:
  "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."
$17.25   Used & New from: $3.91
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II
35.  Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II by Viktor Suvorov
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $34.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

See buying options
The Soviet Story - 30 Languages - 2 Disc Set (NTSC & PAL)
36.  The Soviet Story - 30 Languages - 2 Disc Set (NTSC & PAL) DVD ~ Edvins Snore
The list author says:
  "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."
$25.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

World War II: Behind Closed Doors
37.  World War II: Behind Closed Doors DVD ~ Aleksey Petrenko
The list author says:
  "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."
$22.66   Used & New from: $14.94
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West
38.  World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West by Laurence Rees
The list author says:
  "The exceptional background history book upon which the above documentary series is based. Excellent in tracing the joint collaboration of Hitler and Stalin in starting World War II."
Used & New from: $2.05
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

See buying options
Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950
39.  Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950 by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
The list author says:
  "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."
$16.90   Used & New from: $5.77
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation (Reconfiguring American Political History)
40.  Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation (Reconfiguring American Political History) by Kate Weigand
The list author says:
  "From Marx and Engels onward, destruction of the capitalist bourgeois nuclear family has been a central goal of the Communist Movement (and its covert offspring, the Women's Liberation Movement)."
$24.30   Used & New from: $18.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

More Actions

Discover more about this author
 See all of their Listmania! lists
Make your own list
 Create a Listmania! list
View your page on Amazon.com
 Go to Your Profile page

Customer Discussions about products in this list
Discussion Replies Latest Post
Great Terror 0 Aug 19, 2013
 
   

About this Listmania!

 

Author

anarchteacher (United States)
Qualifications: History Instructor
Last updated: 1/30/14
Report abuse
    

More Listmania!

 

The Great Depression The Great Depression

The Great Depression: A list of 40 items by Todd Carlsen

Appalachia Appalachia

Appalachia: A list of 16 items by JJ Miller

Lies, Myths, and the Leftist/Secular Bias of History Part II Lies, Myths, and the Leftist/Secular Bias of History Part II

Lies, Myths, and the Leftist/Secular Bias of History Part II: A list of 40 items by The History Detective

My Books on History Conquest My Books on History Conquest

My Books on History Conquest: A list of 10 items by T. Berte "tjberte"

Books for Tea Party and Pro-Constitutional Movement Patriots Books for Tea Party and Pro-Constitutional Movement Patriots

Books for Tea Party and Pro-Constitutional Movement Patriots: A list of 39 items by Let Freedom Ring

   

More So You'd Like to...

 

Read About Pre-War America Read About Pre-War America

Read About Pre-War America: A guide of 24 items by Grant

Read some amazing books Read some amazing books

Read some amazing books: A guide of 48 items by Cambria

"Learn about the Great Depression"
"Learn about the Great Depression": A guide of 6 items by June Rain "Winnipeg95"

Learn More About the Weather and Climate Learn More About the Weather and Climate

Learn More About the Weather and Climate: A guide of 25 items by Penelope

Understand Appalachia Understand Appalachia

Understand Appalachia: A guide of 34 items by Adam Jones "rustbot82"