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

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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...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452639208
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/20/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is a bestselling author whose works include Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century; God and Ronald Reagan; and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.

Pete Larkin, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has worked in virtually all media. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993, served as host of WNEW-FM's highly rated "Saturday Morning Sixties" program, and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    After watching the interview of Paul Kengor and the review he h

    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.

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Meticulously Research and Well Written Paul Kengor does an exce

    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.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    This book was extremely well researched--something the media sho

    This book was extremely well researched--something the media should have done. They should be held accountable for putting this country in such danger. It is frightening to think that all his czars could be communist or have ties to people that are. Everyone knows Chicago is known for deceitful tactics, but I was unaware of the depth of their power. I hope the American people realize this president does not like this country. Well, I have always said love it or leave it. Go live in Russia and leave us alone.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    I believe that Dr. Paul Kengor’s new book ‘The Comm

    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.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Outstanding book!

    Outstanding book!

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    This book provides an insight into one of the most important men

    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?

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Wait so...

    Is it truely okay that a handful of rich elites can step over a poor, poverty infused majority? Is it okay for many to die of cruel working standards and lack of health care while the few rich can live lavishly?

    America. Rethink how far you wish to take capitalism.

    6 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Its scary the length our "christian" right wing will g

    Its scary the length our "christian" right wing will go to discredit this president.

    6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Must read before Nov election

    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!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Great Book!

    This book was great. It really was not about the President like many assume. It was interesting to see how deep communism has gone and how long we have been fighting the battle.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Is American University a real school that grants doctorates?? Th

    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.

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Excellent book

    If you want to know whether this book is any good or whether it is important, just read the one star reviews. Read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    You know a book is complete garbage when the author needs to rei

    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.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Note

    Bysaying obama is comunist, you're giving communism a bad name.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Makes the Point

    This book is not an easy read but it is easy to cross check the individuals named in the book, who influenced our President, and the reason so many Americans believe he is a communist. I was a able to convince a few of my friends to read this book and they all came away with the same opinion. President Obama is either a full blown communist or at a minimum, a socialist. Buy the book, read it, and then, if possible, educate others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Terrible

    Made me chuckle a couple times but that was it

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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