H-Hoac is the H-Net network for Historians of American Communism.
While in graduate school at UCLA, I found an old pamphlet by Robert Welch, denouncing the notion of objectivity.
Surprisingly, this assault on empiricism and scientific method aligned him with the "humanists" of The Nation magazine of 1919, as edited by Oswald Garrison Villard.
I have been reading this new book for the past few days and it is easily the best-researched, best-documented, and best written study of the JBS ever published. Only Sam Brenner's 2009 doctoral dissertation (Shouting at the Rain) is comparable in terms of new insights and new primary source documentation.
There are a couple matters about which I have disagreements with Professor Mulloy -- and, at some future time, I will post a review online which will present my (friendly) critique. The link to my JBS report is below.
I would like to annouce the publication of my new book, The World of the John Birch Society: Conspiracy, Communism and the Cold War (Vanderbilt University Press), which I hope will be of interest. The book examines the John Birch Society during its first ten years, from 1958 to 1968.
The publisher's blurb is as follows: