The author of the recent Mosaic essay drops by to draw a picture of a now-vanished world of flamethrowers, washed-up ideologues, and true believers.
I am fortunate to have witnessed, and been offered, not only real madness but also real, and not delusional, goodness.
But notoriously some, like Morton Sobell, were both. For the Jewish community, their highly visible profile was a constant source of tension and embarrassment.
With the recent death of the unrepentant spy, his story, along with that of other American Jews steeped in Communism, can finally be told.