Diana West (born November 8, 1961, Hollywood, California) is a nationally syndicated conservative American columnist and author. Her weekly column, which frequently tackles controversial subjects such as the impact of Islam, the failures of counterinsurgency strategy (COIN), and the questions about President Obama's eligibility, is syndicated by Universal U-Click and appears in about 120 newspapers and news sites. She is the author of the booksThe Death of the Grown Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007) and American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013).
In 2013, West published American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, in which she argued that infiltration of the American government by Stalinist agents and fellow-travelers had significantly altered Allied policies in favor of the Soviet Union during the Second World War. The book initially received a positive review at Front Page Magazine, but the review was removed after protests by the historian Ronald Radosh and replaced with Radosh's own highly hostile review entitled "McCarthy on Steroids". West posted a detailed rebuttal of Radosh's review and other criticisms by David Horowitz at Breitbart.com, leading to further criticism by Horowitz and further rebuttals by West. The Russian dissident and historian of communism, Vladimir Bukovsky then intervened on West's behalf, forcefully rejecting the criticisms at Front Page, condemning the attempt to portray West as a deluded and historically inept conspiracy-monger, and supporting the conclusions she reached in her book:
That treacherous Establishment is still there. We are still governed by a nomenklatura of collaborationists, Petains and Quislings of the Cold War. Mrs. West has reached that conclusion merely by examining the first chapters of this sad story. Sure enough, there are mountains of other and more recent evidence to support her conclusions. But of course, whatever the evidence, the "consensus" will never plead guilty. Rather, they will try and usurp the judicial seat.