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I am not what you would normally say is a prime audience for this book, as a socialist, anti marxism can be tedious, but the documentation of the war of ideas around anti communist writings, mostly from Marxists or ex Marxists, and their impact is a fascinating history in and of itself Learning the literary of history and the sometimes profound effect that now obscure figures have had is vital despite ones economic leanings This book is a good introduction into that world. A flat description makes this book sound pretty unpromising a study of four anti Communist best sellers from the 1940s and 50s analyzed by retired professor of Renaissance literature, pictured on the blurb in academic regalia no less In fact, the book is good, sound, upper level popular history Fleming is not only widely read but also a clever writer, usually able to rein in both the academic and blogger sides of his personality Though the book sprawls than occasionally, most of Fleming s diversions are at least as engaging as the theme itself One might expect to find a reference to Dostoyevsky here there are half a dozen but not references to Walt Disney or the mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer Fleming has even inserted droll index entries idiots, useful, 220 not so useful, passim prothonotory warbler, spotted by Hiss, bagged by Nixon, 291 The theme of this work is the cultivated blindness that prevented Western leaders and intellectuals from acknowledging for decades the falseness and brutality of the Soviet regime The thoughtful reader may ponder what current politically correct notions will appear as hopelessly wrong headed in another eighty years. @Free Pdf á The Anti-Communist Manifestos: Four Books That Shaped the Cold War ⛑ The Books Altered The Course Of History The Lives Behind Them Have The Dark Fascination Of Fiction The Subject Of The Anti Communist Manifestos Is Four Influential Books That Informed The Great Political Struggle Known As The Cold War Darkness At Noon , By Arthur Koestler, A Hungarian Journalist And Polymath Intellectual Out Of The Night , By Jan Valtin, A German Sailor And Labor Agitator I Chose Freedom , By Victor Kravchenko, A Soviet Engineer And Witness , By Whittaker Chambers, An American Journalist The Authors Were Ex Communist Party Members Whose Bitter Disillusionment Led Them To Turn On Their Former Allegiance In Literary Fury Koestler Was A Rapist, Valtin A Thug Kravchenko, Though Not A Spy, Was Forced To Live Like One In America Chambers Was A Prophet Without Honor In His Own Land Three Of The Four Had Been Underground Espionage Agents Of The Comintern All Contemplated Suicide, And Two Of Them Achieved It John V Fleming S Humane And Ironic Narrative Of These Grim Lives Reveals That Words Were The True Driving Force Behind The Cold War Photos I never would have picked up this book if I hadn t worked on it, but so glad I did Fleming is truly hilarious and the idea of researching 4 books impact on the societies and political movements which they impacted is a great one Can t wait to read his next book. Hard to imagine, but there was a time when communism was expected to sweep the globe Many considered it man s last, best hope This book explores the four books the author considers most crucial in stopping that momentum All the writers were ex Communists, including men who had been members of the German Communist Party who opposed the rise of Hitler, along with the first defector from the Soviet Union One of the books was easily as popular as Gone with the Wind Along the way you meet interesting characters, including a woman who had an extremely unique perspective she had suffered both in Stalin s gulags and in Hitler s concentration camps, and lived to tell about it Keep your dictionary handy despite the author s claim, this book wasn t written for a casual audience. A compelling look at four anti Communist best sellers from the Cold War era one novel and three at least nominal memoirs Arthur Koestler s DARKNESS AT NOON the only one widely read today , Jan Valtin s OUT OF THE NIGHT, Victor Kravchenko s I CHOSE FREEDOM, and Whittaker Chambers WITNESS Fleming, a professor emeritus of literature at Princeton, has a tendency to engage in annoying tics such as the not un formation loathed by another anti Communist, George Orwell, who once attacked it by writing A not unblack dog chased a not unsmall cat across a not ungreen field and goes a little over the top in his revisionist defense of the much hated Chambers Before reading this, I thought Chambers was a sleazy rat fink now, I m convinced he was an intelligent sleazy rat fink with a certain amount of talent and skill But there s plenty of great literary detective work, thoughtful criticism, and intriguing historical analysis here and anyone interested in this phase of US history should enjoy it. This book has an intriguing premise to study four books with an anti Communist message that were published in the West after World War II The author will then discuss how these books and their authors caused a seismic shift in American attitudes toward the Soviets Unfortunately, the book is written at such a high level of detail that unless you are a specialist in the period and or have read all the books that he discusses, you will likely be confused I think if he had included a summary of the plot and main arguments of each of the four books, it would have helped Also, the author continually puts in irrelevant asides that detract from the overall flow of the book, without adding anything to the argument. Princeton medievalist who specializes in Franciscan literature writes book about Cold War era Result an amazingly subtle interpretation of espionage books and ex Communist memoirs in light of Dante, Shakespeare, and Walter von der Vogelweide.Presumes some pretty good knowledge of the Cold War era ahead of time, which I lacked But the Whittaker Chambers chapter had me up till 4 a.m.Really provokes some serious questions about why these books all of them once best sellers are rarely taught in literature and history curricula. I picked up this book after reading a strong review in the WSJ I had a minor head smack after starting, since the subject matter is four noteworthy anti Communist books, none of which I had ever read oops But it grabbed me nonetheless, and this is a topic and an era that fascinates me.Author John V Fleming points out that the war of propaganda was one of the major fronts in the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West, and highlights here four books that are deemed to have had a major influence in that regard Fleming has further singled out authors who share a significant characteristic they were all Communist activists at some point in their lives, prior to having written the works in question.The books are Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, Out of the Night, by Jan Valtin, I Chose Freedom, by the defector Victor Kravchenko, and Witness, by Whittaker Chambers.Fleming s study is not just reviews of the books in question, but explorations of the back stories behind each of the books how the authors came to be Communists in the first place, and what transpired that allowed them to see the light , and not just simply renounce Communism, but to create works that were highly critical of it.Koestler s Darkness at Noon is the only work of fiction of the lot, yet it is just as true to life than the rest The country and its totalitarian dictator aren t named, but the plot closely parallels the Moscow show trials , which were used to purge Joseph Stalin s political opponents Koestler s protagonist, Rubashov, is an old guard Communist who happily follows the party line until the organ of state is turned on him, and he finds himself imprisoned, falsely accused, and subject to a public trial where he knows that a guilty verdict is pre ordained Koestler himself was imprisoned during the Spanish Civil War, and was friends with several of Stalin s opponents who were put to death during The Purge.Valtin s Out of the Night was the least compelling of the four narratives to me Valtin was an operative of the GPU, the precursor to Russia s KGB, and was imprisoned by the Russians and then the Nazis in turn, before fleeing to the US There were just enough discrepancies in his autobiographical account to lend a tinge of credence to his critic s cries of fraud Regardless, it did exude truthiness , and ultimately led to tragic consequences for the author.While Out of the Night may have smacked lightly of anti Soviet propaganda, Kravchenko s I Chose Freedom was a full scale public outing of Soviet atrocities that in 1946 were still well kept secrets Critics publicly ridiculed the author as a liar and a fantasist Soviet sympathizers, and even those on the fence as to their feelings regarding Communist Russia, could scarcely believe Kravchenko s revelations of the dark underbelly of Soviet collectivism, including GULAGs and other forced labor camps, and the complete lack of due process or even basic human rights in the administration of these punishments The French Communists then inadvertently gave Kravchenko an even bigger platform for his claims they published a rebuke of I Chose Freedom that was so libelous, it allowed Kravchenko to take them to court The resulting Trial of the Century featured hundreds of witnesses, and was a huge PR disaster for the Communists.Lastly comes Whittaker Chambers s Witness This was the most intriguing, as its subject matter was the most hotly disputed Chambers blows the whistle on several Communist operatives, including Alger Hiss, a senior State Department official and key figure in the U.N Charter conference Chambers had gone from denying Hiss s involvement in espionage to exposing it, and there are factions that even today that challenge the validity of Chambers s accusations It s weird to hear of any series of historical events where Richard M Nixon is actually one of the heroes.The stories behind the stories were all compelling And while it might be easy to distill Communism s impact on America down to the Cuban missile crisis, McCarthyism, and Mr Gorbachev, tear down that wall, The Anti Communist Manifestos makes it clear that there was a very real intent by the Soviet Union to undermine American democracy from WWII through much of the early part of the Cold War. This is a great book, but unless you are really into the subject, or you are one of the lefties he is writing about you would be wasting your time I wish he had tied these three books into what is going on in the world today Not much has changed The world media a a joke and the most journalist are willfullly stupid or just affraid to see what is in front of them If you do read this compare it to what goes on today in particular think of the KGB rat that runs Russia and mentally challanged rulers of Iran as a starting point.