The “New York Review”
To the Editor:
Joseph Epstein [“Thirty Years of the ‘New York Review,’” December 1993] is wrong to charge that although the New York Review defended human rights, it did so “without feeling the need (until fairly late in the game), to take the offensive against Communism.” Probably the journal’s most frequent reviewer of books on the Soviet Union from 1964 until his death in 1983 was my colleague at the London School of Economics, Leonard Schapiro, a strong and consistent anti-Communist, who was, moreover, quite conservative in his political views. Specifically on the subject of Soviet violations of human rights, I myself contributed many articles to the New York Review from the early 1970′s onward. Other authors wrote on violations of human rights in a wide variety of Communist countries. I might cite eight articles by Andrei Sakharov, beginning in 1974, many articles by Vaclav Havel, starting in 1977, as well as contributions by such writers as Simon Leys, Jonathan Mirsky, Adam Michnik, Gyorgy Konrad, Martin Malia, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, to mention only a few.
Your readers may agree that all this amounts to a prolonged offensive of considerable weight.
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