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Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government

Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government

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by M. Stanton Evans, Herbert Romerstein
     
 

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FDR's Traitors is a look at the infiltration by Soviet intelligence networks and American fellow travelers of our government during WWII.

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FDR's Traitors is a look at the infiltration by Soviet intelligence networks and American fellow travelers of our government during WWII.

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Publishers Weekly
This latest effort by conservatives to discredit FDR and his administration accuses many in the Roosevelt administration—including FDR’s closest adviser, Harry Hopkins—of acting in Soviet interests. The authors say that the bombing of Pearl Harbor, for instance, was partly the result of pro-Soviet American diplomats aiding Stalin in deflecting a Japanese attack on the U.S.S.R. Former Indianapolis News editor Evans (Blacklisted by History) and former federal and congressional intelligence adviser Romerstein (The Venona Secrets) blame the Soviet infiltration of the federal government in part on an ailing and unfocused FDR. At Yalta, they say, reputed Soviet agent Alger Hiss persuaded the president to make inordinate concessions to Stalin. Even Eleanor Roosevelt, say the authors, was “at the top” of “pro-Red policy influences.” Instead of political and military expedience, the authors see Soviet sympathy, as in Harry Hopkins’s efforts to keep Stalin in the WWII alliance. The authors present a controversial case that is undermined by source material that even they admit is “fragmentary and episodic.” Agent: Alexander Hoyt, Alexander Hoyt Assoc. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
Two veteran Cold War historians allege that pro-Soviet American government officials and private citizens labored during and after World War II to aid communism around the globe. Former Indianapolis News editor commentator Evans (Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies, 2007, etc.) and former Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation head Romerstein (co-author: The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors, 2000, etc.) believe that Stalin manipulated Franklin Roosevelt and, to a lesser extent, Winston Churchill, during World War II, in exchange for the Russians using their military might against Nazi Germany. Stalin and his aides gained hegemony in postwar Europe, write the authors, with the help of traitors within both the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. Evans and Romerstein discuss the roles of Alger Hiss and Armand Hammer, and they cite an impressive array of sources in both English and Russian. However, as has been their practice for decades, the authors equate presence at an event--e.g., Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill at Yalta--with the covert wielding of tremendous influence. That Hiss, Hammer and others accused of treason by Evans and Romerstein could have achieved the results for which they are blamed falls into the realm of speculation, no matter the breadth of research. Their speculation is interesting, and some may be true, but their seeming inability to distinguish between factual evidence and assumption weakens the book. When the authors stray from Soviet influence within the United States and shift the focus to the rise of communism in China around the same time, their speculation about the allegedly traitorous activity of named individuals feels even shakier. This treatment of an important topic is tainted by excesses of preconception and ideology.
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"With his deep, slightly raspy, and deliberate voice, Alan Sklar creates a dark, foreboding atmosphere that enhances the authors' text. His narration is well paced and compelling." —Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439147689
Publisher:
Threshold Editions
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author


M. Stanton Evans is the author of seven previous books, including Blacklisted by History and The Theme Is Freedom. Now a contributing editor at Human Events and a contributor at National Review, he was previously the editor of the Indianapolis News, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times syndicate, and a commentator for CBS and Voice of America. He lives near Washington, D.C.

Herbert Romerstein was head of the Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation at the U.S. Information Agency from 1983-1989. He had previously served on the staff of several congressional committees, including the House Intelligence Committee.

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