Not Without Honor

The History of American Anticommunism

Richard Gid Powers

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April 20, 1998
596 pages, 6 x 9
55 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300074703
Paper

The American anticommunist movement has been viewed as a product of right-wing hysteria that deeply scarred our society and institutions. This book restores the struggle against communism to its historic place in American life. Richard Gid Powers shows that McCarthyism, red-baiting, and black-listing were only one aspect of this struggle and that the movement was in fact composed of a wide range of Americans—Jews, Protestants, blacks, Catholics, Socialists, union leaders, businessmen, and conservatives—whose ideas and political initiatives were rooted not in ignorance and fear but in real knowledge and experience of the Communist system.

Not Without Power is superbly written and richly detailed. Perceptive and thoughtful, it is an impressively thorough and valuable book.”—David J. Garrow

“One of the contributions of [Powers’s] provocative narrative history is to bring to life certain segments of anti-Communist opinion that have largely been forgotten.”—Sean Wilentz, New York Times Book Review

“[Powers] makes extensive use of primary sources and uncovers much that is new. He vividly recreates the complex relationships within and between several ethnic and radical communities within the United States, including their firsthand and often disillusioning experience with communism. . . . The depth and range of his work add a great deal to knowledge.”—Journal of American History

“A valuable, well-executed study and summation of a vast topic, one whose various threads the author has woven into a rich tapestry.”—Richard M. Fried, Reviews in American History

Richard Gid Powers, professor of history at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, CUNY, is also the author of Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover.

Not Without Power is superbly written and richly detailed. Perceptive and thoughtful, it is an impressively thorough and valuable book.”—David J. Garrow

“One of the contributions of [Powers’s] provocative narrative history is to bring to life certain segments of anti-Communist opinion that have largely been forgotten.”—Sean Wilentz, New York Times Book Review


“[Powers] makes extensive use of primary sources and uncovers much that is new. He vividly recreates the complex relationships within and between several ethnic and radical communities within the United States, including their firsthand and often disillusioning experience with communism. . . . The depth and range of his work add a great deal to knowledge.”—Journal of American History


“A valuable, well-executed study and summation of a vast topic, one whose various threads the author has woven into a rich tapestry.”—Richard M. Fried, Reviews in American History

"Not Without Honor is written in an engaging fashion, and it may remain the authoritative single-volume account for a long time to come. . . . While only the most dedicated undergraduates will read a book of this length, serious students of the CPUSA and its enemies will find their efforts richly rewarded."—James G. Ryan, The Historian

"This is a masterly survey of anti-communism from the 1920s to Ronald Reagan and the author shows how it encompassed both the fanatic and the far-seeing who recognised evil when they saw it."—Contemporary Review

"Anyone who has spent time in ’the academy’ will recognize his examples and be able to use the book’s detailed data in a discussion of the present; anyone who hasn't spend time in higher education, but wants to know about its history, would be well advised to use the book as an excellent starting point."—Kathleen Anderson Steeves, American Studies International