In This Review

The Secret Offensive
The Secret Offensive
By Chapman Pincher
St. Martin's, 1986, 314 pp

This book by a British investigative reporter is an exposé and a cry of alarm and reproach. The exposé is of the ways in which the Soviet Union and its satellites wage continuous war against the West through propaganda, disinformation, forgery, blackmail, deception and subversion, all in a coordinated strategy aimed at control of the world. The reproach is to Western governments, political parties and peoples for being so gullible and for serving the purposes of those who would destroy them. Much of what he says is true and deserves to be told, though some of it has been told before. Overstatement, oversimplification and broad accusation, however, do not necessarily increase the effectiveness of the message.