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Earl Browder: The Failure of American Communism

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 8th 1999 by University Alabama Press (first published February 1st 1997)
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Riley
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another book in my effort to learn more about American Communism. Earl Browder was the longtime head of the CP and led it during the heady Popular Front and World War II eras. This biography is critical but fair, and it has a lot of insight. Because it was written before Soviet archives were scrutinized, it lacks information on his espionage work, however.

Here are a couple passages I highlighted while reading:

"At most times in U.S. history it is difficult to understand why native radicals
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Emma
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick! Name every notable person that was born in Kansas you can think of. You probably thought of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carrie Nation and possibly the founder of Pizza Hut. Sorry if you said John Brown or Dorothy Gale. John Brown wasn't born in Kansas and Dorothy Gale isn't real. However, you probably didn't think of one of the founders of the American Communist Party. In the book, Earl Browder: The Failure of American Communism by James G. Ryan, you get a real zero to hero story; if your ...more
John
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fascinating look into a relatively forgotten period of American radicalism: the Popular Front strategy employed by the Communist Party in the late '30s and '40s. Earl Browder was the head of the Communist Party in these years and pioneered flexible, non-doctrinaire, methods of work for social change that were later adopted by Reform Communist movements in places like Italy and, in a lesser way, France. Browder arguably helped shift the country further to the left during the New ...more
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