Willis Carto wrote the foreword to the 1997 reprint of Ralph Townsend’s Ways that are Dark.
WAYS THAT ARE DARK BY RALPH TOWNSEND
PUBLISHER’S FOREWORD BY W. A. CARTO
YOU ASK WHY this book, two-thirds of a century old, should be brought to life again? Of course, it is because the issue it addresses-China-is even more important today than it was in 1933. Yes, this is a notable book and you will learn a lot from it if you are open minded.
The distinguished author’s reasons for writing Ways That Are Dark 64 years ago are fully explained in his “IDENTIFICATION,” which follows. And the reasons he gives might as well be written today, they are so timely.
Townsend wrote before the communist era. During the past five decades the Chinese Reds have murdered some 100 million of their own people by shooting, hanging, stomping, dragging, squashing, sawing, slicing or starving them to death. This toll, which indicts the Marxist-Leninist political system, more broadly indicts Chinese culture itself because the rulers of China for fifty centuries have always freely murdered and tortured their hapless subjects. As Townsend says, “the reader will see four hundred million (now over one billion] people -one-fifth of the world’s people- engulfed in misery?”