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

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

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by Paul Kengor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1451698097

ISBN-13: 2901451698090

Pub. Date: 07/17/2012

Publisher: Mercury Ink

In 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

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In 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 number 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 Communist is 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 Kengor's The Communist, Americans can finally weigh the evidence and decide for themselves.

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ISBN-13:
2901451698090
Publisher:
Mercury Ink
Publication date:
07/17/2012
Pages:
388

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Imagespirit More than 1 year ago
Meticulously Research and Well Written Paul Kengor does an excellent job in presenting his case about the politics of Frank Marshall Davis. Rather than basing his book on here-say and conjecture, he goes to the source--CPUSA archives, microfilm newspaper copies, and FBI records--for the facts that he presents. He even shows empathy as to why Frank Davis converted from being a supporter of the Republican Party to a card carrying Communist. He also does a credible job of showing the link between Davis and the Marxist influence on the young Barrack Obama through our President's own words. He also lays out for comparison columns written by Davis and Obama's speeches. If Davis were the only Red in Obama's closet, than the Davis influence would be a mote point; but, Obama continued to seek out and enjoy the company of fellow Marxists like Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dorn, and others. In his vision for change, the transformation of America, Obama echo's the words found in the many editorials written by Frank Davis. The information is laid out in Kengor's book along with notes as where to find the original documents in case you wish to see them with your own eyes. Those puzzled by Obama's meteoric political rise to the Presidency beating out the far more experienced Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, will understand more after reading this book. I found "The Communist" extremely helpful in providing me with information about my own mentor, my father, and his attraction to the Party. Pap was a card carrying communist and worked on many of the same projects as Davis, Robeson, and others mentioned in the book. In learning more about my father's associates, I understand more about his progressive ideas. We are, after all, judged by the company we keep. I found the facts presented by Paul Kengor backed up many of the things my father told me about and warned me might happen in the future. After seeking out the archives to research my own books, Blood on the Constitution and Bucket of Blood the Ragman's War, I now know that truth really can be stranger than fiction. "The change when it comes might seem sudden, but, in really has been happening in small increments all along,'" a quote from my father.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After watching the interview of Paul Kengor and the review he had with Glenn Beck . I will be ordering copys for all my Family and close friends. This book is a jaw dropper. Wish I knew Obamas story before I voted for him last time, with his drug use back ground, he should be in jail, not in the presidency. Hopefully he will be fully VETED this time ? This book and the new movie 2016 OBAMA'S AMERICA. will get us real HOPE and CHANGE.
JoAnneK More than 1 year ago
This book provides an insight into one of the most important mentors of President Obama. Just how much influence did he have on our President and his thoughts and policies which he IS implementing today. Gives one much thought on is this where we want to go?
Linda71 More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly researched and written. Be sure and read in the "Acknowledgments" where Dr. Kengor explains his restraint in what to include in this book. You get a sense of the author's and publisher's goal of an accurate, non-sensational portrayal of FMD. You learn a cursory history of the CPUSA, where it intersected w/FMD, but you learn a detailed history of FMD. I agree w/Dr. Kengor's conclusions on FMD's influence on Obama because you can hear it in what Obama says and read it in the news about Obama! Don't let negative reviews keep you from reading this!
TruthBeKnown More than 1 year ago
I believe that Dr. Paul Kengor’s new book ‘The Communist’ is the modern equivalent of Whittaker Chambers ‘Witness’, in revealing Communist infiltration of the United States.
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Made me chuckle a couple times but that was it
HarryVane More than 1 year ago
You know a book is complete garbage when the author needs to reinforce his razor thin arguments and thesis by advertising his fabricated doctorate on the dust jacket. I'll be honest with you. I didn't read this book, nor do I have any intention. If you have half a brain cell, and actually paid attention to Obama's domestic policies, you would realize that Obama is slightly right of center on most economic issues--excluding health care. If you throw health care into the mix, technically Mitt Romney supported an extremely similar health care act as governor of Massachusetts-a piece of legislation that, ironically, he now disagrees with. No one calls Romney a socialist or communist. It's odd and a bit disturbing that so many people, against all reason, continue to espouse this communist label on Obama. I mean liberals have a hard time defending Obama's actions. At least Clinton knew how to politik. I guess if you like repetition and don't mind reading the same propaganda spouted by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Fox News, Sean Hannity, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Anne Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, the Washington Times, the National Review, and the Wall Street Journal (Holy Crap, wow there is clearly a liberal media), than I guess this book will just feed the beast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is American University a real school that grants doctorates?? The only people I know who do not like Pres. Obama, all make a hell of a lot more money than me and use the system to avoid paying taxes, while I pay far more than what I can afford.
antonquasimodo More than 1 year ago
Its scary the length our "christian" right wing will go to discredit this president.