Magazine October 19, 2009, Issue

Against the Darkness

Moldovan students in Bucharest burn a communist flag in front of policemen January 17, 2002. (Radu Sigheti/Reuters)
The Anti-Communist Manifestos: Four Books That Shaped the Cold War, by John V. Fleming (Norton, 368 pp., $27.95)

In this riveting and brilliant book, John V. Fleming, professor emeritus of literature at Princeton, sheds light on four books that played a major role in educating Americans about the reality of Communism and the necessity of engaging in a Cold War against the Soviet Union. As Fleming writes, the Cold War “at its heart was a conflict of competing social and political visions,” and these books contributed to “a decisive victory for anti-Communism.”

To many, back in the 1940s and early 1950s, the importance of the struggle was far from apparent. When these books were first published, the nation was

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Ronald Radosh — Mr. Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and a contributing opinion columnist at the Daily Beast, is a co-author of Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War and the author of Commies: A Journey through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left.

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The Week

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