Historian Paul Kengor clearly loves the research aspect of writing. His latest book bears witness to how digging for detail can yield not only clues to the past, but insights for the present. His recently released 600-page tome, Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives For A Century, complete with more than 1,500 detailed supporting notes, is a case in point.
Dr. Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City (Pennsylvania) College and the executive director its excellent Center for Vision and Values. His prolific pen has produced past bestsellers such as, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. Now, with Dupes, he has written the most exhaustive and definitive account of Communism’s 20th century assault on America to date. It is a story that flows with virtual seamlessness into the defining conflict of the new century and millennium—the threat of Islamism. Though the ideologies are vastly different and even the methodologies used in propagation don’t always resemble each other, the Communist threat of the Cold War and before, as well as the current conflict with Islamism, have one clear and sad thing in common.
Our enemies have been aided and abetted by liberal dupes.
That’s right, the names and faces change over time, but the gullibility and culpability of the ever-present usual suspects of American liberalism continue to provide cover for our enemies, as was the case—now completely documented—from 1917 to 1989. In fact, Kengor makes it clear that our real enemy for nearly a century now has been the “anti-anti” mindset. First, it was “anti-anti-communism,” which is alive and well in college history departments across the country, now it is “anti-anti-Islamism,” which ignores an obviously concrete threat in favor of the nebulous mirage of “anti-Islamophobia.”
Over the years, Dr. Kengor has spent a lot of time going through archived material dealing with Communism and the Cold War for various projects. In recent years, more and more material has become available via declassification—particularly material dealing with the Communist Party U.S.A. (CPUSA)—both here and in Russia.
And Paul has been digging around pretty much all by himself.
For example, Kengor discovered hundreds of reels of microfiche hiding in plain sight at the Library of Congress—material dealing with the Soviet Communist International’s (COMINTERN) relationship with the CPUSA. As he began to review it, sometimes taking a whole day to absorb a single reel, Kengor noticed that his find had been left largely untouched. That’s right, this mountain of previously secret materials was being panned by historians—why?