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Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Meet the "Useful Idiots" Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Jesse Jackson, Madeleine Albright, Katie Couric, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, and all the other liberals who were -- and are -- always willing to blame America first and defend its enemies as simply "misunderstood."

Now that the Cold War has been won, these liberals, amazingly, are proud to claim credit for the victo
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Adam Balshan
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars [Politics]
Writing: 4, Use: 4, Truth: 5.

The true account of the Cold War, communist sympathizers, and historical revisionism.
Oct 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is as idiotic and full of errors as it sounds.
Lisa Shininger
Nov 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
I was fairly excited when this book first came out (not excited enough to buy the hardcover, of course - I checked this out of the library). It was about time that someone held the Left to account for its blatant appeasement and outright sympathy for the Soviet Union and communism.

Now that I've read the book, I hope someone else gives it another shot.

Not that Charen does a bad job, or even that this is a terrible book. It could have been much better, and, quite frankly, better written.

In fact, t
Andrew Stergiou
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: students of propaganda and bigotry
Garbage in, garbage out, after the American Civil War when America joined the reactionary imperialists in its jingoistic rhetoric, America burned its own Declaration of Independence and joined forces with the crown heads of Europe and made a pact with the devil on issues that relate to foreign intrigues and standing armies.

I am amazed though some what not surprised at America's consistent maintenance of its naive perspectives for over a full century since it began in it adventures overseas in th
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
89, a conservative columnist, concisely recaps the twisted view of history the American liberals ("useful idiots" in advancing communist ideas) have held from the 1930s to the end of the Cold War and even through the American political response after September 11.

This book makes it clear how important it is to understand the facts of history: communism is an unmitigated economic, political, and cultural disaster, the Soviet Union really was an Evil Empire, and Ronald Reagan was right in both ide
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting facts about the cold war and vietnam war. Things that I was not taught in school, and don't know why. Important for us to understand. ...more
Curtis Edmonds
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The problem with Mona Charen's invaluable book, Useful Idiots: Holding Today's Liberals Accountable is not only that it is too short, it doesn't cover enough territory.

Of course, if it did cover enough territory, it would be thicker than the Cambridge, Massachusetts phone book. But that is another story.

C.S. Lewis reminded us that people need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed. The avowed purpose of Useful Idiots is to serve as a permanent and indelible reminder, a living monu
Tom Dougherty
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
Contrary to popular belief Ronald Reagan did not single handedly win the Cold War. Every President since Truman, both Democrat and Republican played a role in winning it. The Soviet Union collapsed because their system was rotten to the core. The collapse of worldwide oil markets in the 1980's was just the final nail in it's coffin. ...more
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it
A bit on the propaganda side, but not much. Lenin's phrase still rings true. ...more
Alvin Hung
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that illustrates, with a lot of examples, how horribly wrong communist apologists have been for the past century. From turning a blind eye to communist atrocities in countries like Soviet Union, China and Cambodia, to mocking the Vietnamese refugees, radical 'liberals' and communist apologisers seem to think that human lives (in particular Asian people's lives) pale in significance, when compared with their 'communist' ideology. As self-proclaimed 'humanists', they cheer for ...more
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