This book is the first in a series of studies that will attempt to assess the influence of communism in American life. Mr. Draper himself will carry the history of the Communist party down to 1945, and surveys of Communist success and failure in the following areas will appear between 1958 and 1961 under the imprint of Harcourt, Brace and Company:
Literature, by Daniel Aaron; Labor, by Daniel Bell and William Goldsmith; the Mass Media, by Moshe Decter; Art, by Donald D. Egbert; the Social Structure, by Nathan Glazer; Education, by Robert Iversen; Government and Politics, by Earl Latham; Opinion-Forming Groups, by John P. Roche and associates; and Religion, by Ralph L. Roy. In addition, David A. Shannon will describe the fortunes of the Communist party from 1945 to the present.
This entire survey has been made possible through the foresight and generous support of the Fund for the Republic. Each scholar who was asked to join the project set absolute independence as the chief condition for his participation--as did I myself as general editor-- and the officers and directors of the Fund have been scrupulous in honoring this condition. No shadow of control, even of persuasion, has fallen upon me or any of the scholars taking part. We are all grateful for this exceptional opportunity to study the most confused and controversial problem of the age and to publish the results exactly as we find them.