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After Long Silence
After Long Silence
By Michael Straight
Norton, 1983, 351 pp.

The author was briefly involved with the clandestine communist group headed by Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess at Cambridge University in the 1930s. This apologia attempts, with limited success, to explain the author's life and especially his decision to keep silent about his knowledge of Blunt's activity as a secret Soviet agent. There are some interesting parts about postwar politics, Truman, Henry Wallace, and communist manipulation of veterans' and other organizations, which well evoke the flavor of those days.