Nov. 16, 2012
If you need to find a history book as a Christmas gift, I have a recommendation: M. Stanton Evans Stalins Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelts Government. On Thursday (11/15) the Heritage Foundation hosted a book event for Mr. Evans, one of the great figures in Twentieth Century conservative journalism in the United States. Born in 1934, Mr. Evans came of age during the fight to stop communist infiltration of the American government in the 1940s and 1950s. In his mid-twenties he became editor of the Indianapolis News. He has been a fixture on the Right since then.
I had never been to an event featuring Mr. Evans previously, so I didnt know what to expect. Well, I have to say that he is absolutely hilarious. Very, very funny. If you get a chance to watch the video via the link above you will get a real treat.
The book is very useful. It provides an excellent review of what we know of the communist penetration of the U.S. government during the Roosevelt Administration and the years that follow. In a sense the overview is broader than that it informs the reader about the modus operandi of Soviet and communist efforts to defeat the West. Mr. Evans has used the best, most modern sources, and the book has footnotes but not too many.
It is also worth noting that toward the end of his talk, Mr. Evans drew a parallel between the blindness that our government exhibited when facing Stalinist communism and our current density concerning the threat of Islamic jihadism. Who, Us Worry?
I recently visited General George Marshalls house out in Leesburg, VA, so I asked Mr. Evans what he thought of Marshall. Referring back to the lecture, he compared the great Marshall to Christopher Walkens character, Max Shreck, in Batman Returns. Youll have to watch the lecture to get his answer and the joke.