Comment by Sam Tanenhaus, Sam2598@aol.com

I was forwarded a copy of an essay by Ellen Schrecker in which she refers in a footnote to a review I wrote of her book in The New York Review of Books. Your readers should be aware that her reference is confused. My essay did indeed cite Allen Weinstein's Haunted Wood, which I had read in galleys, but only to point out that the book offers evidence that Soviet-directed espionage had more or less ended by 1945. I didn't mention it in connection with Ellen's book at all and certainly did not fault her for not drawing on its findings. Her remark about the "organized response" to my review is also misleading. The "response" -- a letter to the editor signed by 19 historians and journalists -- did not mention Ellen's book nor take issue with my analysis of it.

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