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Oct 22

Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century

A book event

In his latest book, historian Paul Kengor studies 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Based on fascinating archival information – including previously unpublished FBI files and documents from the Soviet Comintern archives – Kengor examines the legions of liberals who often provided fodder for the enemy. He identifies a wide range of figures, from “Potemkin Progressives” like John Dewey, George Bernard Shaw, and H. G. Wells to “Progressives for Obama” like Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Jane Fonda, and Bill Ayers; from Hollywood stars like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to playwrights like Arthur Miller and Lillian Hellman; and from Dr. Benjamin Spock to Dr. Howard Zinn. Yet, he also defends such liberal icons as Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy, showing how they were trashed and demonized by Soviet and American Communists. At the same time, Kengor reflects on the fact that the ranks of the duped once included an actor named Ronald Reagan – who, of course, became perhaps America’s greatest anti-Communist.

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is the New York Times 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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