I have such regard for Prof. Esolen that I’ll recommend the book even before I read it!
I would also like to recommend a few more titles which I have read or am now well into.
UK readers: Copy and paste the titles into my amazon search box at the bottom of the blog page.
First, I am well into Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism by Ronald Rychlak and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa.
Rychlak has written about the smearing of Pius XII (e.g., Hitler, the War, and the Pope). He is a law professor who teaches about evidence. In this book he teamed up with the guy who ran intelligence for Romanian despot and Soviet thug Nicolae Ceau?escu. Pacepa fled to the West when he was asked to start killing people. He is an expert on the Soviet technique of framing, disinformation, creating false narratives and history. The book exposes the Communist background of seemingly-benign organizations and explains the treatment received by Cardinals Stepinak, Mindszenty and Wysznski and, of course, Pius XII.
I think we can read this book in connection with Esolen’s book, above, and a couple others I will mentioned hereunder. It explains how the Left works everywhere. As we read, most of the
“foreign intelligence services are primarily engaged in collecting information to help their heads of state conduct foreign affairs, but in Russia and later throughout the Russian sphere of influence, that task has always been more or less irrelevant. There the goal is to manipulate the future, not just to learn about the past. Specifically, the idea is to fabricate a new past for enemy targets in order to change how the world perceives them.”
Explains a lot.
Also, you might try Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture by Sheila Liaugminas.
Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything by Robert R. Reilly.
It’s all about making black be… not white… making black be giraffe.
On my slate are
Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 by George William Rutler.