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Treason by Ann Coulter
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Feb 24, 2010

really liked it

Ann Coulter isn't frequently taken seriously by either conservatives or liberals. Her other books are basically political comedy: she makes witty (hilarious, even) observations about those on the opposite end of the political spectrum, she entertains with wild, exaggerated (and again, hilarious) personal opinions about policies, and generally tries to shock readers and sensationalize.

However, Treason is an exceptionally well-researched, fact-filled book about the oft-misunderstood Senator Joe McCarthy and the myth of 'McCarthyism'. The premise of the book is that after the 1995 disclosure by the NSA of the Venona project (decrypted Soviet cables from the 1940's and 1950's), it can be confirmed that McCarthy was definitely correct about some of those he accused of being Soviet conspirators, and he was probably correct about many others. Treason is basically a distillation of the declassified information accompanied by Coulter's commentary. It's a fascinating read and its conclusions stand diametrically opposed to conventional teaching about the 'Red Scare', 'McCarthyism' and Joe McCarthy. Even if you disagree with Joe McCarthy's tactics, the book's evidence makes it hard to disagree with its conclusion: he was basically right.
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