How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century
In this startling, intensively researched book, bestselling historian Paul Kengor shines light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the "dupe." From the Bolshevik Revolution through the Cold War and right up to the present, many progressives have unwittingly aided some of America's most dangerous opponents.
Based on never-before-published FBI files, Soviet archives, and other primary sources, Dupes exposes the legions of liberals who have furthered the objectives of America's adversaries. Kengor shows not only how such dupes contributed to history's most destructive ideology—Communism, which claimed at least 100 million lives—but also why they are so relevant to today's politics.
• Shocking reports on how Senator Ted Kennedy secretly approached the Soviet leadership to undermine not one but two American presidents
• Stunning new evidence that Frank Marshall Davis—mentor to a young Barack Obama—had extensive Communist ties and demonized Democrats
• Jimmy Carter's woeful record dealing with America's two chief foes of the past century, Communism and Islamism
• Today's dupes, including the congressmen whose overseas anti-American propaganda trip was allegedly financed by foreign intelligence
• How '60s Marxist radicals—Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Jane Fonda, Jeff Jones, Bill Ayers, and more—have suddenly reemerged as "progressives for Obama" • How Franklin Roosevelt was duped by "Uncle Joe" Stalin—and by a top adviser who may have been a Soviet agent—despite clear warnings from fellow Democrats
• How John Kerry's accusations that American soldiers committed war crimes in Vietnam may have been the product of Soviet disinformation
• The many Hollywood stars who were duped, including Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Gene Kelly—and even Ronald Reagan
• Soviet records that demonstrate beyond doubt the Communists' expansionist aims and their targeting of American liberals, especially academics and the Religious Left
• How liberals still defend the same Communists who trashed Democratic icons like Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry Truman, and JFK—and still attack the anti-Communists who tried to spare them from manipulation
• Details on many other dupes (and dupers), including Arthur Miller, Dr. Benjamin Spock, John Dewey, H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Lillian Hellman, Howard Zinn, Walter Cronkite, and Helen Thomas
• A new chapter on the War on Terror. Packed with stunning revelations, Dupes shows in frightening detail how U.S. adversaries exploit the American home front. Now with an updated introduction to the paperback edition.
Published: May, 2018
"Nothing short of horrifying . . . In terms of putting the last 100 years in perspective, Dupes may be one of the most significant literary offerings of our time." —Washington Times"Bears witness to how digging for detail can yield not only clues to the past, but insights for the present . . . [Kengor] has written the most exhaustive and definitive account of Communism's twentieth-century assault on America to date." —Townhall"Kengor presents an utterly invaluable study. . . . Read Dupes and you'll understand how we finally won [the Cold War]—and how very close we came to losing." —Peter Robinson, speechwriter to President Reagan, host of Uncommon Knowledge"Dupes is an enormously important book that will forever change the way you think about liberals and how they deal with America's enemies. Kengor has unearthed eye-popping new information that left me amazed and a bit frightened." —Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard"A brilliant work . . . Read Dupes from cover to cover. It's that important." —WorldNetDaily"Kengor's illustrations of dupery in his new book are plentiful. . . . Perhaps most importantly, Kengor places the 'dupe' phenomenon beyond its Cold War context, linking it to current events such as Islamic terrorism." —Human Events"A detailed, riveting history of those who were duped into serving the enemy. Dupes is not to be missed!" —Peter Schweizer, bestselling author of Clinton Cash"During my time as Ronald Reagan's national security adviser, we saw the crucial need to stand up to the Soviets and the international Communist movement. Too many people on our side, while well-intentioned, did not see that need and were often misled. At long last, here is a book that explores this intriguing and troubling aspect of the Cold War." —William P. Clark, Reagan national security adviser"Kengor applies meticulous research to peeling back the layers of lies and obfuscation the American Left has used for years in claiming that its associations with the Soviets and other tyrants were just coincidental. . . . A great contribution." —Larry Schweikart, bestselling author of A Patriot's History of the United States"A book so fascinating and so revealing that I couldn't put it down. Kengor gives us a fabulous tour of Communist dupes in America from FDR through SDS, Carter, Kerry, and Ted Kennedy. The gullibility of FDR and others would be comical if it weren't so tragic for U.S. foreign policy. Key American leaders, as Kengor shows clearly, ultimately strengthened and extended the life of a totalitarian regime that thrived on deceit, oppression, and mass murder." —Burton Folsom Jr., author of New Deal or Raw Deal?"An extraordinary book that alters our understanding of the twentieth century." —Herb Meyer, special assistant to CIA director William Casey, 1981–87