Author Jane Benson has published a cautionary tale that twines her experience defecting from Czechoslovakia to the U.S. in 1988 with reflections on how the last three decades have seen America drift closer to the communistic ideals that she sacrificed everything to leave behind.
In “Stalked by Socialism: An Escapee From Communism Shows How We’re Sliding Into Socialism,” Benson describes her “old life” in Czechoslovakia, where she was born Jana Kandlova, and the history behind its swift descent into communism following World War II. She paints a picture of historic buildings destroyed and replaced with chemical plants, once beautiful mountains exploited and stripped of their natural resources, and communities tethered to the government’s whims without rights to speech or self-expression.
Benson could “smell the freedom” when she landed at JFK in New York at the young age of 19. But 30 years later, she has become alarmed and anxious as she watches freedom and liberty in the U.S. fade away. In this fascinating story, Benson sounds a serious warning to all who believe in “free lunch.”
“The author did an excellent job in tying together the conditions under which she was raised and to what is occurring in America today,” a reader wrote in a five-star review of the book on Amazon. “She not only gives personal accounts of conditions under socialism but backs up accounts with facts. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge about conditions socialism could bring to America.”
“Stalked by Socialism:
An Escapee From Communism Shows How We’re Sliding Into Socialism”
By Jana Kandlova aka Jane Benson
ISBN: 978-1-6632-0238-3 (sc); ISBN: 978-1-6632-0434-9 (hc); ISBN: 978-1-6632-0239-0 (e)
Available through iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon
About the author
Jane Benson was born Jana Kandlova on Dec. 22, 1968, in Ústí nad Labem, a major industrial center located in northwest Czechoslovakia, about a 30-minute drive from the German border. Benson, who has now lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years, wrote “Stalked by Socialism” to generate awareness around the U.S.’s steady shift away from freedom. She hopes readers will use her story to educate and inspire others and energize the light of liberty that makes America a beacon of hope to the world. Benson currently resides in Glastonbury, Conn., with her husband Jim Vicevich. To learn more, please listen to Benson’s interview on HotAir.
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