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March to Moscow: The Role of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in the Collapse of Communism

March to Moscow: The Role of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in the Collapse of Communism
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"I am not alone in sharing the view that Rev. Moon's efforts in Latin America made a difference in the Cold War. His initiatives accomplished what was needed, that is, they appealed to the human conscience, provided a vision and challenged a critical mass of people to 'make a difference.'
Thomas Ward's March to Moscow invites us to explore the extent to which one person's life and effort can effect change. Is it, in fact, the case that Rev. Moon's work affected ideologies, geography and, ultimately, the lives of millions of people? Do the lessons of Rev. Moon's experience of perseverance and triumph, described here have implications beyond the problem of communism? March to Moscow provides documented insight into such questions."
—Hon. Phillip V. Sanchez
Former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia and Honduras

“I am convinced that Rev. Moon and his movement offer genuine hope to the people of Central America. Surrounded by underdevelopment, filled with corruption, destroyed by violence and attacked by Soviet totalitarianism, our countries urgently need a worldview capable of mobilizing their moral resources to support liberty, justice and peace. The vision of CAUSA offers such a worldview.”
—Ambassador Amilcar Santamaria, Minister of International Information Republic of Honduras

“The work of Rev. Moon is significant for all of the Americas. As a Korean, Rev. Moon has endured the suffering of a divided nation. Yet he has reached out beyond Korea, so that we of the Americas might know how to avoid similar suffering. For this I am deeply grateful.”
—Mario Echandi, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica

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  • Author: Kurt Frey
    A confluence of factors no doubt contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Empire and conclusion of the Cold War. And yet, how many scholars and pundits recognize the critical role that the Reverend Sun Myung Moon played in these events through his trenchant critique of Marxist ideology and global network of organizations and initiatives?

    Thomas Ward’s "March to Moscow" is a scholarly and yet highly readable account of Reverend Moon’s committed efforts to counteract the worldwide spread of communism. Ward lays bare fascinating facts and highlights pivotal events that leave little doubt about Reverend Moon’s profound historical legacy. He further reveals Reverend Moon’s deft understanding of ongoing international tensions and brilliant insights for achieving lasting world peace.

    As a social psychologist who is interested in the larger issues and problems facing humankind, I found "March to Moscow" illuminating and encouraging. I learned that in 1972 Reverend Moon precisely predicted the downfall of communism even as it was rapidly infiltrating Africa and Latin America. I learned of Reverend Moon’s timely establishment of, for example, The Washington Times and CAUSA, and of his meetings with various world figures, such Mikhail Gorbachev and Kim Il Sung. I came to a deeper understanding of Marxism’s wrongheaded and militantly atheistic ideology and learned of Reverend Moon’s powerful critique and counterproposal to it. I discovered something of Reverend Moon’s personal side—for example, how he responded to unfair imprisonment, or how he uses his time at sea to pray and reflect.

    "March to Moscow" also left me feeling perplexed and indignant. Why has the media so uniformly overlooked Reverend Moon’s positive contributions to society and the world? Why is he never in the running for “person of the year” or on lists of the “world’s most influential people”? Hopefully, Reverend Moon’s prodigious achievements will not require historical hindsight to recognize.

    Some books initially attract a flurry of media attention and then are soon forgotten. I predict that Ward’s "March to Moscow" will follow the opposite trajectory of steadily increasing in impact and acclaim.
  • Author: harumi kawamura
    While many have decried the effects of communism in human history, I have always found myself questioning those critics. What harm exists in efforts to assuage human misery and to bring value back to the faceless worker? My question was powerfully silenced after reading Thomas Ward’s March to Moscow. In his account of the role of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in the collapse of communism, Ward concisely and systematically delineates Marxist theory and, in response, the brilliant critique and counterproposal Rev. Moon offers. While Marxism may appeal strongly to those disparaging human injustice, Ward’s book reveals Rev. Moon’s uncovering of the inherent flaw of the Marxism, which in turn shows its intrinsic inability to solve human misery.

    As an instructor in religious studies I am familiar with sensationalistic and groundless claims. While reading the book I continually found myself, asking, “is this for real!?” And yet Ward’s careful documentation of his sources and claims spoke for themselves. Ward methodically outlines Rev. Moon’s role in bringing down communism, and the consistent efforts of the media to ignore and sabotage his contributions as well as to seemingly advance communist efforts. Among other passages, I recall The New York Times’ gushing editorial of the young Fidel Castro: “One thing must be said. This is an acknowledgement to an extraordinary young man.”

    Readers will appreciate Ward’s readable and systematic explanation of the Marxist theory of labor, view of history and political economy, and its translation in the ghastly political efforts of Lenin, Stalin and Pol Pot, among others. I often found myself questioning a certain statement, only to find the answer waiting for me in the very next sentence. I applaud Ward’s scholarly and careful treatment in documenting Rev. Moon’s role in world history.
  • Author: Michael Grant
    Dr. Ward has managed to weave several themes into a concise and thoughtful chronology. He has provided a unique critical analysis of the Marxian dialectic and of Marxian economic theory in a manner that is accessible to the average reader. Dr. Ward provides a compelling argument for the renewal of the United Nations based on a dimension beyond its political, economic and military functions. I hope that Dr. Ward's work can serve as a starting point for de-fusing global terrorism.

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