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Truth to Tell

A 35th-anniversary revision of a Cold War classic.

May 20, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 34 • By RONALD RADOSH
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Much of the opposition to Weinstein, however, derived not from the facts uncovered by his work, but from the need to demonize his findings lest the public realize that there really was an internal Soviet apparatus seeking to discover our nation’s top secrets. And primary in that effort was the Nation, which editorialized that Weinstein had “misquoted and misrepresented” sources and written “false history.” Weinstein, added the Nation, had “aligned himself with those Cold War intellectuals who presumably sleep better at night secure in the knowledge that there was an internal Communist espionage menace.” 

Allen Weinstein withstood those attacks, and with grace and firmness. Now a new generation has the chance to acquaint itself with a work that changed our view of the past and made history.

Ronald Radosh is coauthor, with Allis Radosh, of Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance with the Left.