Paul Kengor Releases New Book: Dupes


In this intensively researched new book, bestselling author Paul Kengor shines light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent but neglected role of the "dupe." From the Bolshevik Revolution through the Cold War and up to the present, many liberals/progressives have unwittingly aided some of America’s most dedicated opponents.

Based on fascinating archival information—including previously unpublished FBI files and documents from the Soviet Comintern archives—Dupes unveils a long list of liberals who often provided fodder for America’s adversaries. Kengor identifies a wide range of figures, from "Potemkin Progressives" like John Dewey, Upton Sinclair, George Bernard Shaw, and H. G. Wells to "Progressives for Obama" like Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Jane Fonda, and Bill Ayers; from Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter to Senators John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and Dick Durbin; from Hollywood stars like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to playwrights like Arthur Miller and Lillian Hellman; from Dr. Benjamin Spock to Dr. Howard Zinn. Perhaps most intriguing of all, Kengor uncovers stunning new evidence of the extensive propaganda work of Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party member and also mentor to a young man in Hawaii named Barack Obama.

Yet Dupes also defends such liberal icons as Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and FDR, showing how they were trashed and demonized by Soviet and American Communists. At the same time, Kengor reveals that the ranks of the duped once included an actor named Ronald Reagan—who, of course, became perhaps America’s greatest anti-Communist.

Packed with stunning revelations, Dupes shows in alarming detail the extent to which U.S. adversaries exploit the American home front.

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of God and Ronald Reagan, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, and several other books. A professor of political science and the executive director of The Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, he has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Political Science Quarterly, among other publications. Kengor has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, C-SPAN, and many other outlets.

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