Arnold Beichman

Arnold Beichman (May 17, 1913, New York City – February 17, 2010) was an author, scholar, and a critic of communism. At the time of his death, he was a Hoover Institution research fellow and a columnist for The Washington Times. He spent much of his life as a crusader against communism.

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  • Truth Against the Grain
    July 1996

    Truth Against the Grain

    Richard Gid Powers' history is a powerful, even brilliant, piece of scholarship which documents one of the most bizarre political phenomena of the 20th century.

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  • Learned Liars
    August 1995

    Learned Liars

    Let us at the outset dispose of one of the major criticisms of Sovietology and Sovietologists: their failure to predict the end of Soviet communism and the collapse of the Soviet Empire.

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  • July 1995

    Soviet Spies and Agents of Influence

    Probably the greatest triumph in public opinion manipulation in modern history was the West's elevation of the Soviet Union into a symbol of righteousness and a country beyond criticism.

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  • A Pig in a Poke
    March 1995

    A Pig in a Poke

    Never did I appreciate so much the genius of the Founding Fathers as after finishing this remarkable biography of President Clinton.

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  • If Nixon Had Been Friends With Bob Woodward
    December 1994

    If Nixon Had Been Friends With Bob Woodward

    One, all the stories in Mr. Woodward's book are pro-Clinton. The chaos, the disorganization, the indecisiveness, the running around in all directions, the President's fumbling of issues, begging congressmen for their individual votes, none of this behavior makes Mr. Clinton look bad.

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  • Go Figure
    September 1994

    Go Figure

    In preparing my review of this riveting biography, I gathered samples of what has recently been written about Richard M. Nixon, and I must say they make a bewildering collection.

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  • May 1992

    Playing Possum

    [Mr. Navrozov] believes, first, what has been happening in the Soviet Union since March 1985, namely its visible decomposition, is a KGB disinformation achievement, that the "collapse of communism" is what he calls a "mass fiction," that perestroika is a "Trojan horse" and that Eastern Europe "has not been set free."

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  • June 1991

    Willing Belief

    William James was much concerned about "faith-tendencies," which he defined as "extremely active psychological forces, constantly outstripping evidence." The Gorbachev era fully confirms his apprehensions.

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  • Confirm An Appointment

    In Moscow, several months ago, I telephoned an American friend to confirm an office appointment. Since I was going by taxi, I asked him how much I ought to pay for the ride.

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  • February 1991

    Filming an Execution

    Filming an execution at San Quentin Prison is what San Francico's KQED has asked the U.S. District Court in California for permission to do: it wants the unedited tape to run nationwide over the Public Broadcasting Service network.

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  • January 1990

    Selective Amnesia

    Selective pernicious amnesia is the endemic disease of Establishment politics. Its symptoms are evident whenever the Soviet Union does something awful . . .

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  • Pire qu'un Crime . . .
    November 1989

    Pire qu'un Crime . . .

    The Pollard treason case is so unusual that I want to start my review of this book with a review of the reviews. I do this because the first-hand story by the Washington correspondent of The Jerusalem Post and the book's equivocal subtitle attracted some exceedingly well-informed people as book-reviewers.

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  • April 1989

    No Miracles This Time

    Last year, when I was in Helsinki, I made a great discovery:, probably the best informed people on Soviet affairs are the Finns, whose Russian-watching goes back almost two centuries, long before the Bolshevik coup of 1917.

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  • The President's President
    November 1988

    The President's President

    Richard Nixon's second term as president ended over two years early with his resignation on August 9, 1974. Someday, when President Reagan's papers and telephone logs are made public, I think they will reveal that Nixon completed his presidential term in the second Reagan administration as the vicar of US foreign policy.

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  • October 1988

    Neither Law Nor Justice

    A few weeks ago, I was listening to Radio Moscow's Joe Adamov answering mail-in questions from his North American audience. One query came from somebody in Nova Scotia: How important was Stalin to the Soviet victory in World War II?

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  • January 1988

    Stopping the Long March Through the University

    Substitute "professor" for "Leninist" and the quotation would appear almost a cliche to many American academicians. Yet such corollary Leninist themes and variations have become a commonplace in the American university.

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  • A Soviet Psychosis
    September 1987

    A Soviet Psychosis

    As Mikhail Gorbachev moves forward in his role as the new Vozhd of the USSR, he must take pride in a unique achievement. In a few years, he has managed to internationalize a Russian word—glasnost—and by its repeated use at home and abroad has dazzled the world with miracles that have yet to materialize.

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  • June 1987

    Letter to Another Editor

    I hope you will overlook this example of what the French call l'esprit de l'escalier. I should have thought of your little essay "The Category Crisis" when you said laughingly, but not amusingly after a few moments' conversation at the Newport party, "Oh, you're a professional anti-Communist."

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  • And the Kennedy KGB Handed Out Hot Soup
    September 1986

    And the Kennedy KGB Handed Out Hot Soup

    It was now the beginning of the seventh year of the genocidal invasion of Afghanistan. To many Americans it appeared that the war would never end, not until the entire population of Afghanistan was either dead or in exile.

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