CIRCLE IN THE DARKNESS Memoir of a World Watcher

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HALF A CENTURY OF EUROPEAN HISTORY RECOUNTED BY A CLOSE OBSERVER

Circle in the Darkness is a veteran journalist’s lucid, uncompromising tour through half a century of contemporary history intended especially for those who may aspire against all obstacles to change its course for the better.  Diana Johnstone recounts in detail how the Western Left betrayed its historical principles of social justice and peace and let itself be lured into approval of aggressive U.S.-NATO wars on the fallacious grounds of “human rights”. Subjects range from caustic analysis of the pretentious confusion of French philosophers to the stories of many courageous individuals whose struggle for peace and justice ended in deep personal tragedy, with a great deal in between.

“Diana Johnstone’s just published book, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher, is the best book I have ever read, the most revealing, the most accurate, the most truthful, the most moral and humane, the most sincere and heartfelt, and the best written.  Her book is far more than a memoir.  It is a history that has not previously been written.” —PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

“Diana Johnstone is a superb reporter of a kind and calibre that barely exists today. Her principled, eloquent memoirs are often touching, and wise, and bracing in their truth in an age of deceit. I salute her.” JOHN PILGER, award-winning Australian journalist, author and broadcaster/documentary maker

” … fiercely courageous and independent reporting, historical analysis, and activism … With her eyes on the prize, Diana Johnstone has stayed the course to oppose U.S. and Western aggression, using her critical skills to expose endless horror and insisting that a truthful understanding of historical events remains a necessary tool against murder and illegality. We are deeply indebted to her.”  JOHN MARCIANO, Monthly Review.

“Diana Johnstone has spent a lifetime trying to write the truth as you will see in this compelling memoir. Her dedication to a broad coalition for peace and against militarism is an inspiration. She continues to suffer attacks from those who, blinded by their sectarianism, cannot abide such a coalition. Readers will learn a great deal from this fascinating, first-hand look at our world from the Second War through the Cold War and, ultimately, to our “forever wars” of the 21st century.” —RON PAUL, MD., Former Member of US Congress 

Johnstone is part of a distinguished line of American expatriate writers, who, perhaps because of an objectivity conferred by distance, saw their country more clearly than many of their stateside contemporaries.”  —JAMES CARDIN, Counterpunch

“Diana Johnstone’s book Circle in the Darkness is a brilliant analysis of the major imperial wars of the last half century. The personal and political merge to provide a wealth of experiences and insights embedded in a profound theoretical framework.” —JAMES PETRAS

Johnstone’s recollections span the period between the Depression and the current moment, and bring to life in poignant detail the most significant events in Europe for the entire post-World War II era, and particularly the interface of the U.S. with Europe, with valuable reflections on events in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa as well. Both as engaged observer and as direct participant, sometimes of groundbreaking anti-war initiatives, her accounts are always candid, never cruel; passionate and compassionate, uniformly humble; often wry and as often tender. Her account to her daughter of the last days of Johnstone’s father are especially memorable in the last respect. Having lived through most of what she recounts, I only fully now understand the broad epoch she revives and enlivens after sharing her journey through it.”  —RICK ROZOFF, author and editor, STOP NATO

      

  

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Circle in the Darkness recounts veteran journalist Diana Johnstone’s lifelong effort to understand what is going on in the world, seeking the truth about our troubled times beyond the veils of government propaganda and media deception. For Johnstone, the political is personal. From her experience of Cold War hostilities as a student in Yugoslavia, in the movement against the U.S. war against Vietnam, in May ’68, in professional and alternative journalism, in the historic peace movement of the 1980s that led to the reunification of Germany, in the transformation of the German Greens from peace to war party and the European Union’s sacrifice of democracy to “globalization”, her critical viewpoint dissects events and identifies trends.

She recounts in detail how the Western left betrayed its historical principles of social justice and peace and let itself be lured into approval of aggressive U.S.-NATO wars on the fallacious grounds of “human rights”. Subjects range from caustic analysis of the pretentious confusion of French philosophers to the stories of many courageous individuals whose struggle for peace and justice ended in deep personal tragedy, with a great deal in between.

Circle in the Darkness is a lucid, uncompromising tour through half a century of contemporary history intended especially for those who may aspire against all obstacles to change its course for the better.

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2020

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435

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Diana Johnstone

Reviews

12 reviews for CIRCLE IN THE DARKNESS Memoir of a World Watcher

  1. RICK ROZOFF

    “Johnstone’s recollections span the period between the Depression and the current moment, and bring to life in poignant detail the most significant events in Europe for the entire post-World War II era, and particularly the interface of the U.S. with Europe, with valuable reflections on events in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa as well. Both as engaged observer and as direct participant, sometimes of groundbreaking anti-war initiatives, her accounts are always candid, never cruel; passionate and compassionate, uniformly humble; often wry and as often tender. Her account to her daughter of the last days of Johnstone’s father are especially memorable in the last respect. Having lived through most of what she recounts, I only fully now understand the broad epoch she revives and enlivens after sharing her journey through it.” —RICK ROZOFF, author and editor, STOP NATO

  2. JAMES PETRAS

    “Diana Johnstone’s book Circle in the Darkness is a brilliant analysis of the major imperial wars of the last half century. The personal and political merge to provide a wealth of experiences and insights embedded in a profound theoretical framework.” —JAMES PETRAS

  3. JOHN PILGER

    “Diana Johnstone is a superb reporter of a kind and calibre that barely exists today. Her principled, eloquent memoirs are often touching, and wise, and bracing in their truth in an age of deceit. I salute her.” —JOHN PILGER, award-winning Australian journalist, author and broadcaster/documentary maker

  4. RON PAUL

    “Diana Johnstone has spent a lifetime trying to write the truth as you will see in this compelling memoir. Her dedication to a broad coalition for peace and against militarism is an inspiration. She continues to suffer attacks from those who, blinded by their sectarianism, cannot abide such a coalition. Readers will learn a great deal from this fascinating, first-hand look at our world from the Second War through the Cold War and, ultimately, to our “forever wars” of the 21st century.” —RON PAUL, MD., Former Member of US Congress

  5. ERIC WALBERG

    Circle in the Darkness is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, both a riveting eye-witness account of many of the horrors and perfidies, and a primer for students of history and all those struggling to not only dismantle the beast, but to prepare us for what follows it.” —ERIC WALBERG

  6. PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

    “Diana Johnstone’s just published book, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher, is the best book I have ever read, the most revealing, the most accurate, the most truthful, the most moral and humane, the most sincere and heartfelt, and the best written.  Her book is far more than a memoir.  It is a history that has not previously been written. If you want the truth of the last 60 years in place of the contrived reality constructed for us by controlled explanations, it is in this book.” —PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

  7. DAVID R. MORTON

    “CIRCLE is a very handy reference tool, particularly with regard to the deterioration of socialist influence in Western Europe / USA and the globalization chicanery surreptitiously being forced upon often unwitting citizens everywhere…lots of lessons to be learned.” DAVID R. MORTON

  8. JAMES CARDIN

    “Johnstone is part of a distinguished line of American expatriate writers, who, perhaps because of an objectivity conferred by distance, saw their country more clearly than many of their stateside contemporaries.”  —JAMES CARDIN, Counterpunch

  9. anonymous

    “Johnstone’s book is a lament for the left that used to be and a relating of how, when and where it disappeared. …” —Anonymous, Strategic Culture website

  10. JOHN MARCIANO

    “Diana Johnstone’s fiercely courageous and independent reporting, historical analysis, and activism have stayed the course while managing to chalk up a veritable army of opponents: establishment Democrats, infantile 1960s New Leftists, would-be French student revolutionaries, identity politics adherents, influential U.S. and French intellectuals, Serbian-hating neoliberals promoting Responsibility to Protect (R2P) wars, NATO, and the U.S. National Security State. The people and institutions that have been exposed by Johnstone’s accurate reporting reveal just how well she’s been doing.

    Against this lineup of detractors, she has remained a courageous and principled individual who has identified and condemned the criminals who have laid waste to nations and people across the world, including U.S./NATO war makers, corporate capitalists, and the R2P neoliberal “humanitarians.” —JOHN MARCIANO, Monthly Review

  11. RICK STERLING

    “Diana Johnstone has written a compelling and insightful book. It is mostly a review and analysis of significant events from the past 55 years. It concludes with her assessment of different trends that are being debated on the Left today including “identity politics”, Antifa and censorship. This is a book to be read, enjoyed and discussed.” —RICK STERLING, GlobalResearch

  12. JIM MILES

    “Diana Johnstone has done a masterful job of writing her autobiography, Circle in the Darkness, that provides many details of her life, her early influences, and the various stages of her career throughout the second half of the Twentieth Century and the first part of Twenty-first. It is a wild ride through various aspects of society, concentrating on the historical events of her era.” —JIM MILES, Countercurrent

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