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A Better World: The Great Schism-Stalinism and the American Intellectuals
By William L. O'Neill
Simon and Schuster, 1982, 447 pp.
This outspoken and often polemical history recaptures the violent arguments among American intellectuals, mostly New York writers, in the 1940s and 1950s over the nature of Stalin's Russia. O'Neill extolls the anti-Stalinists and excoriates those who failed to denounce the Soviet Union. Although he finds Joseph McCarthy distasteful, he argues that the evils of McCarthyism have been exaggerated and that some of the victims deserved what they got. This book will never win a prize from the American Civil Liberties Union.
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