- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf (December 23, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786711337
- ISBN-13: 978-0786711338
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,822,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ordeal by Slander: The First Great Book of the McCarthy Era Paperback – December 23, 2002
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democratic society. The winner in this is Mr. Lattimore but the immense damage done by McCarthy to the United States
should not be underestimated.This book should be reprinted and used as a textbook of American history in high school
and college. If you read only chapter 9 you will get one of the best reviews of the tactics of the demagogue.
Barmine's eager-to-please snitching for his new bosses dovetailed nicely with the lies of Alfred Kohlberg and the "China Lobby," who had been out to get Lattimore for years. Lattimore had strongly advised against pouring more US dollars down Chiang Kai-Shek's rathole regime. As McCarthy's rise was originally fronted by the China Lobby, it was no surprise that Lattimore was their first target. The McCarthy movement tore apart the US Government with, as Lattimore wrote here, all the bitterness of a real civil war which hasn't died yet.
Real patriots can take it as proof that "the system" did work: instead of exiling its Solzhenitysns and imprisoning its Sakharovs, it allowed Lattimore to defend himself against his accusers and foil their worst attempts to destroy him. Though, afterward, Lattimore did leave the US to escape the poisonous residues of this affair. This book is strongly recommended as the courageous voice of an American dissident in one of America's darkest hours.
Lattimore was a combative witness and waged verbal duels with McCarthy. In April 1950, the surprise witness, Louis F. Budenz, former editor of the Communist Party organ Daily Worker. testified Lattimore was a secret Communist, but not a Soviet agent, that is, he was a person of influence who often assisted Soviet foreign policy. Budenz said his Party superiors told him Lattimore's "great value lay in the fact that he could bring the emphasis in support of Soviet policy in non-Soviet language." The majority report for the Tydings committee cleared Lattimore of all charges against him; the minority report accepted Budenz's charges.
In February 1952, Lattimore was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (S.I.S.S), headed by McCarthy's ally, Senator Pat McCarran.Read more ›
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A Traitor is a person who changes to the enemy's side or gives away information to the enemy; this is Owen Lattimore. I cannot believe some of the Pro-Lattimore reviews here. Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by Mario J. Machado
Anyone stumbling on this book at this late date might be forgiven for falling for it's whiny self-justification, but only until the latest records are consulted. Read morePublished on August 15, 2004 by Stephen Hancock
Writing this book was completely unnecessary; there are more than enough books out there falsely denouncing McCarthy as a "witchhunter. Read morePublished on May 27, 2004