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I DON'T WANT to leave the impression that I worked in inno-cence all those months at the Office of War Information without realizing that there were Communist Party members working with me. It could not be otherwise, for this was almost the only available pool of men and women who had both a deep understanding of the political forces at work in the world and a consuming patriotism - a patriotism so totally embedded in them that it verged on the ridiculous. To write about the Communist Party and its struggles during those years of the thirties and forties and the fifties is perhaps the most difficult task a historian can face today, for starting with the end of World War Two, the American establishment was engaged in a gigantic campaign of anti-Communist hatred and slander, pouring untold millions into this campaign and employing an army of writers and publicists in an effort to reach every brain in America. Therefore to write objectively and truthfully about the American Communist movement poses a curious problem: Can one do this against a premise so widely held?