From the start of the Cold War, Burke shows, leading U.S. conservatives and their allies abroad dreamed of an international anticommunist revolution. They pinned their hopes to armed men, freedom fighters who could unravel communist states from within. And so they fashioned a global network of activists and state officials, guerrillas and mercenaries, ex-spies and ex-soldiers to sponsor paramilitary campaigns in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Blurring the line between state-sanctioned and vigilante violence, this armed crusade helped radicalize right-wing groups in the United States while also generating new forms of privatized warfare abroad.
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The U.S. Left during the Cold War was largely internationalist. What Kyle Burke shows is that the Right was, too. Working under the table and off the books, conservative intellectuals, retired officers, and soldiers of fortune sought to establish an Anticommunist International that would link the United States to places like Taiwan, Rhodesia, South Vietnam, and Nicaragua. This is fresh, illuminating history, telling a painful yet crucial story of the late Cold War.Daniel Immerwahr, author of Thinking Small
Kyle Burke's Revolutionaries for the Right tells the story of the creation of an international anticommunist mobilization, one that took shape and enacted a shadow foreign policy with the help of private money, mercenary armies, and messianic right-wing politics. Deeply and systematically researched, this book sheds light on a new and unexplored dimension of the conservative mobilization and illuminates a history of vital importance.Kimberly K. Phillips-Fein, author of Fear City