Where Is Juliet Stuart Poyntz?
Gender, Spycraft, and Anti-Stalinism in the Early Cold War
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
In Where Is Juliet Stuart Poyntz?, Denise M. Lynn argues that Poyntz's sudden disappearance was the final straw for many on the American political left, who then abandoned Marxism and began to embrace anti-communism. In the years to follow, the left crafted narratives of her disappearance that became central to the Cold War. While scholars have thoroughly analyzed the influence of the political right in the anti-communism of this era, this captivating and compelling study is unique in exploring the influence of the political left.
"Lynn expertly weaves together biographical sketches, early Cold War events and ideology and sociopolitical analyses in her search for Juliet Stuart Poyntz . . . Highly recommended."—CHOICE
"Lynn does an admirable job of uncovering the details of Poyntz’s childhood, chronicling her roots in a family committed to education and activism, her role as a student leader at Barnard College, her early involvement in the suffrage and socialist movements, her turn to unionism and antifascism, and her eventual rise to leadership in the CPUSA in the late 1920s. As Lynn shows, Poyntz’s life mapped on to the tumultuous and splintered history of socialism, unionism, and communism in America."—H-Net Reviews
"Lynn's scholarship is exhaustive. Even though I am familiar with the case and the characters, I found myself being drawn into the writing and turning the pages eager to learn some new detail or twist."—Vernon L. Pedersen, president of the Historians of American Communism and author of The Communist Party in Maryland, 1919–57
"In the first full examination of this significant case in the annals of American communism and anti-communism, Lynn has constructed a tight story of one of the central precipitating narratives of the domestic Cold War that reads like a gripping spy thriller."—John Sbardellati, author of J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood's Cold War