Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism

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Yale University Press, 1998 - History - 554 pages
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In the first full-scale history of American anticommunism, Richard Gid Powers - author of a widely praised biography of J. Edgar Hoover - reminds us what this struggle was really about. Bringing to life such figures as Whitakker Chambers, Sidney Hook, Hamilton Fish, Roy Cohn, and Clare Booth Luce, Powers documents the complex history of this volatile movement - with its ethnic and religious antagonisms, political warfare, and ideological crusades - and reveals it to be not a marginal alliance of eccentrics, superpatriots, and xenophobes but a mainstream political movement that was as varied as America itself. There were Jewish anticommunists, Protestants, blacks, and Catholics; there were Socialists, union leaders, businessmen, and conservatives; there were ex-Communists and former fellow travelers. They quarreled among themselves about philosophy, tactics, and everything else except the evil of communism itself. For above all, Powers shows, theirs was a movement whose ideas and political initiatives were rooted not in ignorance and fear, but in real knowledge and experience of the Communist system.
  

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Contents

Lenin and Wilson
1
Red Years and Red Scares
17
A New Breed
43
Tangled in Red Webs
69
A School for Anticommunists
93
The Red Decade
117
The Alliance with Stalin
155
Cold War Anticommunism
191
Shame and Blame
319
National Scapegoat
345
Common Sense about the Present Danger
365
To the Berlin Wall
391
Epilogue
421
Notes
431
Bibliography
503
Acknowledgments
527

McCarthyism
235
Danger on the Right
273

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About the author (1998)

RICHARD GID POWERS is a professor of history at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where he also directs the American Studies Program.

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