Item description for The Red Decade: The Classic Work on Communism in America During the Thirties by Eugene Lyons...
First published in 1941, this is a classic work on communism in America during the thirties.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.26" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.17" Weight: 1.46 lbs.
Publisher Simon Publications
ISBN 1931541078 ISBN13 9781931541077
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More About Eugene Lyons
Eugene Lyons (1898--1985) was journalist and author of numerous books about the Soviet Union, and the danger of Communist hegemony. He spent his mature years as an editor at the "Reader's Digest."
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Finally, the Term Classic Fits May 5, 2002
Over sixty years ago, Eugene Lyons--Russian born, American bred--sought to explain just what happened among America's left-wing intellectuals in the previous decade. The thirties were unkind to them, as they started the decade damning such "social fascists" as FDR, voted for Foster and Ford, then, on orders from Moscow, hailed the liberals as allies in the fight against fascism. Ah, but then Stalin signed a pact with fascism--so back went Franklin to the vituperation pile. (Eleanor was OK.) The war brought about some changes: it was "imperialist," and so resistance to Hitler was out of fashion (a word Hellman would disengenuously use later). The Hollywood Anti-Nazi Committee changed its name to something less provocative; those who had whooped for the purge trials moved onto calling for strikes in defense industries. The yanks weren't coming, they said. Then Hitler broke the treaty. The change was immediate. Suddenly the yanks WERE coming, if the intellectualoids of the left had anything to say. Supporting all this, driving this, in fact, were those Hollywood Ten types the left love to tell us were just "activists," persecuted innocents. These innocents sided with Stalin and, for a time, Hitler. (Think about that the next time you laud such people.) This book is a true classic. It's erudite and witty style makes the subject anything but dry. This book is a must for conservatives--and liberals who wish to be truly iconoclastic.