Here’s more on Matthews.
The themes in this book are similar to those I’ve written about elsewhere. There’s no enemy to the left, The Cathedral, the use of historical American symbols (perhaps correctly?), the historical anomalies, and so on.
There’s little in this work that’s new. However, Matthews work nicely confirms the things I’ve read in other memoirs.
There is perhaps one difference worth noting. It’s not so much a difference as it is a different point of emphasis. Matthews believes the Protestant clergy was a major pillar of support of Communists. Obviously, this message was popular with no one. That doesn’t mean it’s not true though.
If you’re going to read one Communist memoir from this period, this should not be the one. However, if you read several, this will tie many of them together nicely.