Beneath the false bottom of America’s role in the world, as the status quo superpower and guarantor of strategic peace in the aftermath of the Cold War, was prior Soviet penetration of U.S. government.
The Rosetta Stone of Soviet penetration of the U.S. government is Cuba.
“American Betrayal” by Diana West, for how deep that penetration was from 1933 through WWII.
“Stalin” by Edvard Radzinsky, for the depth of deception initiated by the Bolsheviks, their intimate enforcers the Chekists, and especially by Stalin.
“Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA” by Edward Jay Epstein, for how Soviet deception began early, in the 1920s with “the Trust,” and was renewed over and over again right through the Reagan era. (“Deception” was published in 1989.)
“The Terror Network” by Claire Sterling, for the levels of denial in the West about who was running the terror groups in Europe and the Middle East from the late 1960s through the 1970s (with a look at the Cuban role in their training and deployment. “The Terror Network” was published in 1980.).
If you know the movie “The Matrix” (forget about the sequels) you’ve got a pretty good epistemological model for how deeply deceived the natural standpoint of Americans is on their own history since, most distinctively, 1933. Diana West will take your breath away starting there. Radzinsky will show you how deep the enemy was and is, i.e., how far beneath morality and ethics. Epstein shows the plays that the Soviets ran over and over again on the West, always with great success. Sterling, very courageously, got right into the face of something no one else would talk about, at least in public.