Books: The Reds Who Were Not There

A. MITCHELL PALMER: POLITICIAN by Stanley Cohen. 351 pages. Columbia. $7.50.

At a pageant in Washington, D.C., a sailor emptied a pistol at a spectator who refused to rise for The Star-Spangled Banner, and the crowd cheered. In Hammond, Ind., a jury took only two minutes to acquit the assassin of an alien who yelled: "To hell with the U.S." In Waterbury, Conn., a salesman was sentenced to six months in jail for remarking that Lenin was "one of the brainiest" of the world's leaders.

Such was the atmosphere of the U.S. during the great Red Scare of 1919-20 when Attorney General A....

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