Painful Memories

Painful Memories

This timely book deals with events that seem to be receding into a distant past. But it was as recently as the sixties that Junius Irving Scales, once a leader of the Communist party (CP), served in Lewisburg penitentiary for violating the membership clause of the Smith Act.

Though our country has never been a hospitable home for communist (or socialist) movements and these never had many adherents, there’s something generic about communists, anywhere and everywhere. To understand world affairs, we have to understand communism, since it will be singularly important for a long time. Unlikely though it seems, it was President Reagan, father of the concept of the immutable evil empire, who inaugurated negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union to lift the miasma of a threatened nuclear armageddon from the world.

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