With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world was able to gain at least partial access to archives that confirm some of the worst estimations of Soviet oppression at home and meddling abroad. When FDR established diplomatic relations with Moscow, in 1933, it marked the beginning of decades of extensive Soviet penetration of the United States, through front organizations, agents of influence, and outright spies. This is now well catalogued in many outstanding books listed here.
This is a gripping, in-depth autobiographical account of a young man drawn to Communism in the pre-WWII years, tracing his introduction to Marxism at Columbia University, joining the Communist Party USA, working as a writer and editor for The Daily Worker and The Masses, and his ultimate recruitment as a Soviet agent running a spy ring in Washington. When Chambers came to understand Stalin’s purges and rule of terror, he became disillusioned with Communism, eventually turning to Christianity. But getting out of the CPUSA and the Soviet spy network was more difficult than getting into it, and Chambers would eventually expose the spy ring, including major government figures Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White. His insights into Communism are profound, and help explain why so many educated and talented Americans were willing to dedicate their lives to the Marxist cause in the 1930s and 40s, betraying their own country in the process.
This is an exhaustive study of Senator Joe McCarthy and his crusade to expose and stop Soviet penetration of the United States government. Evans debunks the commonly held view that McCarthy was an unhinged bigot who abused his position in Congress to destroy the lives of countless innocent Americans. Rather, McCarthy discovered mountains of evidence that hundreds of Americans, many in sensitive positions in government, were indeed working for the Soviet Union, as spies and/or agents of influence. The floodgates to this Soviet ‘invasion’ were thrown open with the 1933 recognition of the Soviet Union by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and further expanded when the United States and USSR became allies in WWII. Evans exposes the harm to American interests inflicted by pro-Soviet and pro-Chinese Communist Party officials in the White House, State Department, Defense Department, Treasury Department, and other key departments.
Both these books are based on an examination of cable traffic between Moscow and its representatives and agents in the United States, starting around the end of WWII. These had been partially decrypted by the U.S. Army's Signal Intelligence Service (precursor to the NSA), and declassified in 1995. They prove that many of those accused of working for Moscow in the last century were indeed under the control of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). This includes the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) itself, as well as notorious spies like Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Alger Hiss.
This is a well-written and important examination of the impact of Soviet espionage and influence in the United States. Drawing on the work of M. Stanton Evans’ Blacklisted by History, books on the Venona cables between Moscow and its agents in America, declassified in 1995 (Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, by Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes, and The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and Americas Traitors, by Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel), and many other sources, West describes how Soviet influence in Washington resulted in America’s WWII Lend-Lease program giving priority to supplying the USSR with massive amounts of military materiel and other much-needed supplies, which not only helped Stalin defeat Hitler but likely prolonged the war and gave the Soviets an outsize grip on post-war Europe. Similar influence resulted in Washington supporting Moscow’s ally Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party while undermining Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists, resulting in the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. These betrayals of America’s traditional values, typically covered up by those in power, would prove a poison that has since continued to corrupt the country through the spread of moral relativism and the evisceration of its founding principles.
West looks at the socialist influence behind the opposition to President Donald Trump. She examines the backgrounds of some of the main players, including FBI director James Comey and CIA director John Brennan. She explains why Trump posed such a threat to the establishment of which they and others were important players.