Useful idiots : how liberals got it wrong in the Cold War and still blame America first

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Front endpapers include a list of people mentioned in the book: John Kerry, Walter Duranty, I.F. Stone, Couric, Jackson, M. Albright, Ortega, Carter, Gore, Sheen, Peter Collier, and Jeane Kirkpatrick. Notes state that Lenin coined the phrase 'useful idiots' and Reagan first used the term 'evil empire'. The Kennedy administration is identified as the high water mark of American anti-communism. It is noted that the Vietnam War provided proof for the American anti-war left that "U.S. was evil". The military is accused of not conducting itself intelligently, the press of taking sides, and some Democrats of wishing for a communist victory in Southeast Asia. Helen Caldicott is criticized for using the contrast communist vs. capitalist, instead of communist vs. free. Ted Koppel is described as an exquisitely tuned instrument of conventional wisdom. -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book.

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Charen, Mona, “Useful idiots : how liberals got it wrong in the Cold War and still blame America first,” One Book. One Author. One Hour., accessed June 27, 2022, http://booknotes.gmu.edu/items/show/602.

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Title

Useful idiots : how liberals got it wrong in the Cold War and still blame America first

Creator

Charen, Mona

Date

2003
Program air date: March 30, 2003

Description

The author attacks American liberals as naive and disingenuous in their dealings with the world, accusing them of rewriting history to portray themselves as "Cold Warriors" along with conservatives.

Subject

"Communism."
"Liberalism--United States--History--20th century."
"Cold War."

Source

Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection
Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.

Publisher

Regnery Pub.
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives

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Language

eng

Identifier

1103890
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