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American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by [West, Diana]
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"Diana West masterfully reminds us of what history is for: to suggest action for the present. She paints for us the broad picture of our own long record of failing to recognize bullies and villains. She shows how American denial today reflects a pattern that held strongly in the period of the Soviet Union. She is the Michelangelo of Denial."-- Amity Shlaes, author of "Coolidge" and the NYT bestseller "The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression """"This explosive book is a long-needed answer to court histories that continue to obscure key facts about our backstage war with Moscow. Must-reading for serious students of security issues and Cold War deceptions, both foreign and domestic."-- M. Stanton Evans, author of "Blacklisted by History""If you haven't read Diana West's "American Betrayal" yet, you're missing out on a terrific, real-life thriller."-- Brad Thor, author of the New York Times bestsellers" Black List, Full Black, " and "The Last Patriot.""What Diana West has done is to dynamite her way through several miles of bedrock. On the other side of the tunnel there is a vista of a new past. Of course folks are baffled. Few people have the capacity to take this in. Her book is among the most well documented I have ever read. It is written in an unusual style viewed from the perspective of the historian--but it probably couldn't have been done any other way."--Lars Hedegaard, historian, editor, "Dispatch International""Her arguments shred our preconceived notions of twentieth century history."--Jeff Minick, "Smoky Mountain (NC) News"""American Betrayal" is a monumental achievement. Brilliant and important."--Monica Crowley"Diana West's new book rewrites WWII and Cold War history not by disclosing secrets, but by illuminating facts that have been hidden in plain sight for decades. Furthermore, she integrates intelligence and political history in ways never done before."--Jeffrey Norwitz, former professor of counterterrorism, N

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Diana West is the author of "The Death of the Grown-Up" and coauthor of "Shariah: The Threat to America." West's essays have appeared in numerous publications, and her weekly newspaper column is syndicated by Universal Uclick. She is the Washington correspondent for "Dispatch International."

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I finished Diane West's book yesterday. It was a difficult read as she packed so much information on each page that I had to stop and consider what I read from time to time. I cannot fault her conclusions. The new facts that the KGB records, opened by Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, brought to the table in the history of the war period have not been incorporated into the official narrative of WWII. Need we add that early historians of WWII did not know about the role that the code breakers of Bletchley played in the defeat of the Nazis. The brilliant Allied generals were made to look even better because they were reading the Nazis confidential correspondences, that we only learned in the last decade or so.

Diane backs up each and every fact and allegation with references. It is a chilling thought to think that the whole WWII strategic course was being orchestrated from the Kremlin, and that the whole White House was infiltrated with Communist supporters and sympathizers. It is only natural that the established historians will get very upset with this information as it destroys their world view: the Good American saving the rest of the world and all that.

Difficult to come to terms with the information that the comrades of the USSR did indeed keep more than 25000 American GIs, whom were 'liberated'by the advancing Red Army troops, in the Russian gulags until as late as 1991, when Yeltsin shocked the world when he told one-term Bush during their first meeting and public interview that the USA can have the American POWs back! If this is true, the lies and spin the author mentions in her book needs further investigation and clarification.
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Diana West's book split the American Right and you can see why. It is part detective novel, part secret history and part impassioned polemic. When the Soviet influence on and infiltration of America is put in the modern context of Islamophilia and Obama's blatant Socialist engineering, the book's central thesis blows apart the triumphalism of the West, replacing the Stars and Stripes of Uncle Sam with the hammer and sickle of Uncle Joe Stalin. You should read this book if you have any interest in the fate of the West.
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Read the excellent American reviews printed below first, if you like - I agree with what they say, and can't improve on them.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7dfd08) out of 5 stars American Betrayal 19 Aug. 2013
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This is a brave book if nothing else in that it offers a view of some of the U.S.'s more celebrated presidents ( Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower) that is at odds with the accepted narrative.That may explain the violent condemnations it has received. Nonetheless, West provides support for her claims and writes in a bold, clear style that pulls no punches.

If you like history and are willing to entertain an outsider's slant on things, you will find American Betrayal as interesting as I did. If on the other hand, you see Roosevelt as one of America's great presidents you more than likely to be as offended as some of the books harshest critics are.

One of the books recurring charges strikes me as true. The West paid a terrible price to defeat one monster ( Hitler), only in the end to hand Eastern Europe over to another monster ( Stalin). West goes to great lengths to point out that truth and to show that anyone who has tried to suggest that the results of WW 2 were not the glorious victory for democracy that we assume it was has been largely marginalized. If nothing else, this book reminds its readers that the Roosevelt all good and McCarthy all bad view of things is a bit simplistic.
99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7dff54) out of 5 stars Ms.West is surely the sharpest-needled hedgehog I had ever met! 20 Aug. 2013
By Rostislav - Published on Amazon.com
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The further I went into pages of this great (probably "giant" would be more proper word – both in sense of giant toil it undoubtedly demanded and in sense of its content's giant message, to tell nothing about giant courage of the author, who couldn't but foresee the reaction of the Leftist world at her blasphemies!), the more often I was remembering the ancient Archilocus quote: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing". Now, after closing the last page, I'm absolutely sure that Ms. West is one of the few really-big-things-knowing Hedgehogs I had happiness to meet – and, surely, she is the sharpest-needled of them. I've read a lot of earlier honest books on her theme, both here, in my post-USSR Russia, and in the West, but "America's Betrayal" beats them all, - and not so in new well-documented details, facts or appraisals (thou' Ms. West showers her readers with a cornucopia of revelations), but in the entirely new tone of her book. It's not an impartial register of some recently declassified archives or a cold-blooded analysis of some long-forgotten speeches – not at all! It is a veritable scream of a deeply wounded human soul: "How could they do this to my great country? How could they fall so low, so servile in their hidden utopian creed? And how could Americans be so trusting?" It's surely one of the most emotionally written books in my life, - in fact, it's the first book on the theme, written not by a historian or a political guru, but by a patriotic CITIZEN, whose pages are constantly exploding with her righteous anger, with her searing pain, with her feeling of overwhelming shame. She is never indifferent, never "across-the-aisle", never "fearing to offend". I think, this emotional sincerity is a very important virtue of the book, and I think it's a real ray of hope that your country has more and more of these sincerely angered writing citizens (mainly women – I'm feeling a bit ashamed for my own sex!) – Sarah Palin, Marinka Peschmann, Michelle Malkin and many others. In my Russia they are simply shot – in yours they are still enough free to fight for their country in their wonderfully decent books and articles, God bless them all!
The fierce smearing campaign against this book is quite understandable – the very basis of the Left utopia is desecrated here in the most convincing way: Diana West shows how FDR's decision to have relations with the cancer tumor of the USSR was duly rewarded with the later rapid devouring the newly acquired body. Your Land of the Free becomes more and more a copy of totalitarian practice in everything, be it PRISM total surveillance, indoctrination of education from the earliest years or the efforts to change the too familiar Marxist tumor for the new Islamic one. The Left's rant about "right extremists' efforts" is only funny after Hillary treating her hubby's scandal with Monica as a "huge rightist conspiracy" – it just doesn't work any more! And their wails "Hopkins wasn't a Soviet agent!", "Ike had no Communist sympathies!", "Snow wasn't on Kremlin payroll!" etc are hollow again: even if all of them were the members of the very Politburo, they couldn't do more to destroy America, than they did. Ms. West's best ally is Matthew of the Holy Bible: "You will know them by their fruits", - and my, doesn't she show us these loathsome fruits in all their rottenness! I've seen some of these fruits long before her magnificent book: in Polar Siberia, amidst the ghostly ruins of "Death Railroad" GULAG camps with their hardly-seen scratched English inscriptions on wooden barracks' walls, with empty Lend-Lease pork tins in the permafrost hole near the sentries' galley, with the excellent V-100 portable U.S. transmitters from these camps (they were serving my small Siberian town's communications up to the late seventies!). And later I've met many veterans of the Allied convoys to our Northern ports, who told me about the shameful convoy of JW-61A, whose ships brought to Murmansk in 1944 thousands of future GULAG victims, betrayed by the uncle Joe's best friends… It's possible to say that Ms. West's book was already supported firmly enough by my own past experience – so faraway from her, but nevertheless so eloquent! Now, thanks to her book, I can easily transform Kissinger's words said to his close circle "We are all the President's men here!" into a whisper of another "gang of brothers" (Hopkins, Hammer, FDR et al), as isolated from the Americans but even more sinister: "We are all Stalin's men here!" This great book is a very timely (I hope) warning against the ultimate disaster of "We are all the Jihad's men here". As a 100% Russian, I'd like to finish my review with an optimistic toast: Thank you for your hard enlightening toils, Ms. West, and God grant them to be as fruitful, as they deserve! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
93 of 103 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7dff18) out of 5 stars Are 5 Stars Really Sufficient 19 Aug. 2013
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I purchased American Betrayal upon the recommendation of a dear friend, a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, who serves
as Chaplain for the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition. When I made my initial examination of American Betrayal,
I came across a reference to Moscow Bound by John M. G. Brown, and was utterly astounded. Brown is an old friend and a true
patriot and by virtue of the reference, I sensed that the Chaplain's recommendation could not have been more appropriate.
American Betrayal not only identifies our enemies but also their supporters who smear and denigrate those who would deny
the opportunity to tell the truth and expose them. It also is indicative of our government's position and efforts, on the surface, to engage the enemy while doing little or nothing but render lip service, at best, and giving aid and comfort to the enemy at worst. A prime example is the government's referral to the recovery of America's missing servicemen (which they seldom, if ever, refer to prisoners of war)as our nation's highest national priority and as a testament thereof orders the
POW-MIA flag flown over government buildings. Nevertheless, those Americans still held prisoner were abandoned and exploited
by our government for political and economic reasons. However, as a face-saving measure to show its concerns the government
negotiates and bribes, to obtain the remains of our missing servicemen who were still alive in communist captivity long after the conflicts, from the Siberian Expedition in 1919 through Vietnam, were deemed to have ended. As Dr. Kissinger once referred to "military men 'as dumb stupid animals to be used' as pawns of foreign policy." Ms. West properly points out that our government, despite our position of power, and the achievements of our military, has bargained poorly and has favored our communist/Muslim adversaries, thanks of course to the enemy within. I wholeheartedly recommend 'American Betrayal' so that the American people will have an opportunity to better understand the nature of our adversaries and I am grateful to the author for the tremendous public service she has provided. Sadly, based on our current political circumstances America is on dire straits, and her recovery, if the situation is allowed to continue, may be in doubt. However, it is never to late to pronounce and preserve the truth for our descendants.
John Molloy
Chairman
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
Vietnam combat veteran
Survivor 2/26/93 & 9/11/01 attacks on WTC
211 of 246 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7e1228) out of 5 stars Soviet Spies in the FDR Administration and Consequences thereof 3 Jun. 2013
By Patricia A. Helvenston - Published on Amazon.com
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Diana West's newest book "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on our Nations Character" is a highly researched, blockbuster of a story taking 356 pages to tell with 29 pages of notes. Heavily documented, her thesis is that the US didn't win World War II, the Soviets did with massive help from the British Commonwealth and the US. In fact, this was the conclusion of M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein's book of 2012, Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government. On p. 199 the authors state that "It's evident that the real victors of World War II weren't the United States and Britain, France or China, but the Soviet Union and its world wide web of vassals, satellites, and agents. This book is a great compliment to West's "American Betrayal." In order to accomplish this feat, the USSR had some 500 Soviet Spies and fellow travelers, taking orders from Stalin in Moscow, implanted in the State Department, Treasury Department, Agriculture Department,Department of War, OSI and various other departments, the media and even in the executive office of FDR himself in the guise of Harry Hopkins the "co-president." These people took their orders from Moscow and insured that the American People were lied to every step of the way about the influence of the Soviets on the policy and conduct of World War II, down to picking the Northern French site of Normandy for the D-day invasions. As West points out it would have been much simpler to invade Europe from Italy where the allies had beaten and discombobulated the German Army. From Italy the approach North into Germany would have made excellent sense. Instead, troops from Italy (including my father) were pulled out of Italy and assembled on the Normandy Beaches. This plan, pushed heavilly by Stalin, FDR and Harry Hopkins over vociferous objections from Churchill left eastern Europe open to the Soviet Armies capturing Eastern European countries up to Berlin - Thus the US greatly aided Russia in creating its Empire. Harry Hopkins was also responsible for the Lend-Lease of billions of dollars in tanks, airplanes, ships, supplies, factories, etc. to the Soviets which helped them acquire their Eastern European Empire. WEst also documents how Harry Hopkins sent atomic bomb supplies and plans to the Soviests via the Lend Lease program at a time when the Manhattan project was a top, top secret operation. The USSR had the atomic bomb within 5 years of the US dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Another scandalous revelation from West is the fact that FDR "suddenly" came up with the idea of total surrender which caused the Germans to fight longer and harder than they would otherwise. She speculates the war in Europe could have been won in 1943 if the US would have negotiated with top German, Anti-Nazi groups who hated Hitler and wanted to kill him and surrender the German Armies to the US and Britain. These groups were violently anti communist and wanted to continue to war against the Soviets which would likely have prevented them from taking over eastern Europe.
FDR and his administration failed to negotiate at all with the anti-Nazi groups, much to the consternation of the few who knew about this situation but resolutely supported the Soviet armies with materiel throughout the war and bowed to the whims of Stalin through his spies in the FDR Administration and the media including Hollywood. The Lend Lease program to Russia continued apace throughout the war, during the earliest of days during which the Soviets had first preference for ships, tanks, airplanes, jeeps, etc, even though the US forces on Batan and Corrigador were being forced to surrender in the thousands - for lack of supplies - but nothing affected US transfers to the USSR.

There are dozens of other scandals recounted by West in this book. It made my blood boil to learn what utter dupes the press and FDR administration, Truman administration and even Eisenhower administration were regarding the USSR. One of the huge scandals of the book was the fact that US and British troops forced the repatriation to Russia of over 2 million people fleeing Russian lands. These people went to certain death in various Gulag camps. Another huge scandal was the 20 to 40,000 allied warriors who were left behind Soviet Lines and ended up dead or in Gulags. All of these events are meticulously documented and West draws on primary source materials to present these stories. Much of the data from Government files has "mysteriously" disappeared. Fortunately, West has uncovered enough to tell this remarkable story. This book documents the biggest betrayal of the American People imaginable and it is still going on. West documents that Communism in the US has never had the stigma that Nazi Germany has where the Communists have killed over 100 million dead according to the "Black book of Communism."

West compares the betrayal of the US during WWII to the Betrayal of the US under Clinton,Bush and Obama Administrations who have encouraged the fantasy that Islam is a religion of peace and we have no need to fear its jihadist practitioners. A blackout of Islam fact checking is being forced down the throats of Americans in the form of "Islamophobia." First ammendment rights to speak the truth about Islam are endangered at this time, as recent events in Tennessee show with attempts to make any criticism of Islam a civil rights violation against muslims. It is up to every American who disagrees with these policies to fight them vigorously.

I highly recommend this book which should be required reading in High Schools and Colleges across the country.
Patricia A. Helvenston, Ph.D.
80 of 93 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7e1288) out of 5 stars Marvelous 18 Aug. 2013
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This author has done a tremendous service in proving, near proving, or presenting most reasonable conclusions for a number of axioms regarding the unpatriotic representation that MANY of our past and present governmental officials have stood for. These include:

1. The fact that Marxism has made a more significant impact on the culture in the United States than most people think.
2. That Roosevelt worked and lived side-by-side with a "co-president," Harry Hopkins, for three and one-half years and Hopkins was almost definitely a communist. Hopkins probably determined policy for the U.S. during that time.
3. That many in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government (and the media) have done an incredible job of deceiving the American public with regard to numerous issues involving the communists since World War II.
4. That thousands of soldiers were allowed to languish away in Soviet labor camps after World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War while President after President refused to do anything about it.
5. That Islam and Communism have much in common.
6. That the number of Communists who have infiltrated the U.S. government since the 1930s is overwhelmingly higher than anyone thought.
7. That Joe McCarthy was right about all his conclusions about Communist infiltration.
8. That many, many opportunities to shorten the second World War were ignored by President Roosevelt.
9. That the German resistance movement during WWII was effective and could have been used to end the war as early as 1943.
10. That it was probably Joseph Stalin's idea to attack from the French front in 1944.
11. That Roosevelt was surrounded by commies.
And much, much more...

The author cites nearly 1,000 references by footnotes. I am personally familiar with enough of them to believe that she is mostly, if not always, on the mark. My only criticism for this book is regarding the volume of sentences that are incomplete (bad grammar). I suppose that is her style. In the end it worked, although I hated it when I first began the book. The book is written as if she is talking to you with a sort of friendly sarcasm. Yet, the quotes and "meat" in the work make it more than worth it to work through it and to even enjoy it.

I also recommend Stan Evans book, "Blacklisted by History," Cleon Skousen's book, "The Naked Communist," and the movie "Agenda." This author also lists a number of books she recommends inside her book. I highly recommend reading this book. It will be worth your time.
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