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The Washington TimesAn antidote to the melioristic revisionism about the Communist Party, so prevalent in mainstream circles of American historiography.
— Arnold Beichman
As one of the handful of American scholars allowed to review documents in newly opened Soviet archives, Haynes has used fresh evidence to shed new light on the United States' confrontation with communism at home. Haynes traces the build-up of the American Communist Party in the '20s and '30s to the decline of anticommunism as a political issue in the '60s and '70s.