Mr. Matusow Meets The MarketÂ
Harvey Matusow was a crucial witness in the McCarran Committee persecution of Owen Lattimore, reinforcing the tattered testimony of Louis Budenz.
Matusow’s dead, but in the long tail/netherworld of the Internet he apparently has value. Somehow his confessional False Witness finds a market, if you pay the author and publisher nothing.
Budenz’s claims of a seamless web between Lattimore’s writings and the Communist line had suffered from actual reading of what Lattimore wrote, and Â of what the Budenz edited Daily Worker said about Lattimore.
Matusow providentially appearedÂ to tie Lattimore to the Reds. Â After first inventing Communist subversion of the Boy Scouts, Matusow built from his experience running a Communist book store to claim he sold Lattimore’s Solution In Asia, and that it represented the party line.
Â Saluting Solution – see the title on the blackboard partly obscured by bow-tie daddy.
Later Matusow admitted he’d invented this storyÂ Â and many others as he climbed to the heights of the former party-member-tells-all business.
Somehow this long lost witness lives on in the Internet, with the text of his tell-all “False Witness” available in a vast array of formats. You can buy a musty old copy for $3.97, Â andÂ free online reading and downloads are available at the Hathi Trust Digital LibraryÂ and archive.org. Â After that it gets more complicated. Two outfits sell text files of the book to read or download, and one will even print you a copy of the text, allowing you to simulate the Internet experience of no index and weird scanning generated typos:
Goodreads.com is the physicalÂ book seller, and also markets ads against online texts and any reader generated commentary, so start Â scribbling for the greater glory.
Others aren’t so sure:
“Russian terms of service. Protected by a Chinese domain that is registered from FranceBoth . “Book” downloads that come with an .exe extension that install and direct you to another website.Â I may be just a tiny bit jaded, but somehow I think this might not be entirely legitimate…“