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Communist Frank Marshall Davis - The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor

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ISBN-10: 1451698097

ISBN-13: 9781451698091

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paul Kengor

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“I admire Russia for wiping out an economic system which permitted a handful of rich to exploit and beat gold from the millions of plain people….As one who believes in freedom and democracy for all, I honor the Red nation.” —Frank Marshall Davis, 1947In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him “Frank.” Now, the truth is out: Never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president.     Although other radical influences on Obama, from Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers, have been scrutinized, the public knows little about Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, cited by the Associated Press as an “important influence” on Obama, one whom he “looked to” not merely for “advice on living” but as a “father” figure.     While the Left has willingly dismissed Davis (with good reason), here are the indisputable, eye-opening facts: Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro–Red China communist. His Communist Party USA card number, revealed in FBI files, was CP #47544. He was a prototype of the loyal Soviet patriot, so radical that the FBI placed him on the federal government’s Security Index. In the early 1950s, Davis opposed U.S. attempts to slow Stalin and Mao. He favored Red Army takeovers of Central and Eastern Europe, and communist control in Korea and Vietnam. Dutifully serving the cause, he edited and wrote for communist newspapers in both Chicago and Honolulu, courting contributors who were Soviet agents. In the 1970s, amid this dangerous political theater, Frank Marshall Davis came into Barack Obama’s life.     Aided by access to explosive declassified FBI files, Soviet archives, and Davis’s original newspaper columns, Paul Kengor explores how Obama sought out Davis and how Davis found in Obama an impressionable young man, one susceptible to Davis’s worldview that opposed American policy and traditional values while praising communist regimes. Kengor sees remnants of this worldview in Obama’s early life and even, ultimately, his presidency.     Kengor charts with definitive accuracy the progression of Davis’s communist ideas from Chicago to Hawaii. He explores how certain elements of the Obama administration’s agenda reflect Davis’s columns advocating wealth redistribution, government stimulus for “public works projects,” taxpayer-funding of universal health care, and nationalizing General Motors. Davis’s writings excoriated the “tentacles of big business,” blasted Wall Street and “greedy” millionaires, lambasted GOP tax cuts that “spare the rich,” attacked “excess profits” and oil companies, and perceived the Catholic Church as an obstacle to his vision for the state—all the while echoing Davis’s often repeated mantra for transformational and fundamental “change.”     And yet,The Communistis not unsympathetic to Davis, revealing him as something of a victim, an African-American who suffered devastating racial persecution in the Jim Crow era, steering this justly angered young man on a misguided political track. That Davis supported violent and heartless communist regimes over his own country is impossible to defend. That he was a source of inspiration to President Barack Obama is impossible to ignore.     Is Obama working to fulfill the dreams of Frank Marshall Davis? That question has been impossible to answer since Davis’s writings and relationship with Obama have either been deliberately obscured or dismissed as irrelevant. With Paul Kengor’sThe Communist, Americans can finally weigh the evidence and decide for themselves.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio/Mercury Ink
Publication date: 7/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Introduction: Past Is Prologue
Growing Up Frank
Atlanta, 1931-32: The Communists Swarm to Scottsboro
Frank's Work for the Atlanta Daily World(1931-34)
Paul Robeson and Progressive Dupes
Back to Chicago: "Peace" Mobilization and Duping the "Social Justice" Religious Left
War Time and Party Time (1943-45): Frank with CPUSA and the Associated Negro Press
The Latter 1940s: Frank and the Chicago Crew
The Chicago Star: Comrades, "Progressives," and Soviet Agents
Frank's Writings in the Chicago Star(1946-48)
Frank Heads to Hawaii
Frank in the Honolulu Record (1949-50): Target, Harry Truman
Frank in the Honolulu Record (1949-50): Other Targets, from "HUAC" to "Profits" to GM
Frank and the Founders
1951-57: Frank on Red China, Korea, Vietnam, and More
Mr. Davis Goes to Washington
Frank versus "the Gestapo"
American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born
When Frank Met Obama
When Obama Leaves Frank: Occidental College
Frank Re-Emerges-and the Media Ignore Him
Conclusion: Echoes of Frank
Motivation and Acknowledgments
Appendix: Frank Marshall Davis Documents