Not Without Honor by Richard Gid Powers
Not Without Honor is a scholarly, start-to-finish account of American anti-Communism. It is also the first book of its kind. Though hundreds of volumes have been devoted to cold-war politics, and a small library could be filled with titles on McCarthyism, until now there has not been a single comprehensive treatment of one of the most important ideological movements in American history.
At fault for this neglect are the universities. Since the 1960′s, anti-Communism has been viewed by most academic writers as a species of obscenity: something utterly without redeeming social value. For an untenured historian to deviate from this view has meant risking a career, while for a tenured scholar it has often meant abuse and ostracism by one’s professional peers. The net result is that the literature on the subject has been lopsidedly hostile, veering off at the extremes to such judgments as that of the psycho-historian Joel Kovel that anti-Communism is a certifiable mental illness, with deep roots in the American psyche.
About the Author
John Earl Haynes is a historian at the Library of Congress.