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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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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.
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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Written in 1958, Hoover warned us about these Masters of Deceit. Unfortunately we didn't believe him or do enough, and now they are our deceitful masters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by V-ROD
The book and its author speak for themselves. Beautiful hard-bound book with astounding and amazing predictions by J. Edgar Hoover written back in the 1950s.Published 13 months ago by Barbara Jeanne Lindsley
His words transcend generations,are applicable to many scenarios linking past to present and future, timeless.Published 13 months ago by Bonnie K Brennan
My daughter and I read this together as a supplement to her world history. This book is a great supplement to any History Class!Published on March 13, 2014 by Lori R. McCall
Although the writing style is dated, the issues may be more valid today in the US. The book presents an interesting historical perspective of communism. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Hugh