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Did they ever ask you or pressure you to publish certain
things during this period?
Certain books were brought to my attention, yes. But,
when it came to publishing, I think I could spot communist
propaganda nine miles away, especially after I had been fighting
with Helen about these things continuously. So I was hep
to them, and they never got away with anything. We did publish
John Strachey but he was a member of Parliament, and anybody
would have published him. He was a very successful author.
We also published, as I told you, Edgar Snow's book, Red Star
Over China. So we did publish, and we still do publish, a
lot of books on the extremely liberal side.
But you never felt any direct pressure, did you?
Oh, I sure did. I told you, they tried various ways.
They would present books to me.
Could you give one example of this?
No, I can't. I remember a couple of books, though, that
were obviously very slanted, very slanted indeed.
Maybe I can ask another question that isn't sort of in this
time. Have you ever felt any pressure from the CIA or U.S.
Government, in the last ten or fifteen years, say, to publish
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