Editor’s Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This is an interview with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director of the Center, on his latest book, "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century." This is Kengor’s first book since 2007, a product of several years of research in declassified archives.
V&V: Dr. Kengor, you’re doing a bunch of interviews, hitting your book’s major revelations related to figures like Frank Marshall Davis, Ted Kennedy, Humphrey Bogart, John Dewey, Upton Sinclair, Arthur Miller, Benjamin Spock, Howard Zinn, George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Jimmy Carter, and—big surprise—even Ronald Reagan. Here, however, you want to address three unique components of the book, which you fear might be neglected in other interviews. Specifically, you want to discuss how your subject relates to matters of scholarship, political partisanship, and even “redemption,” as you put it. Let’s start with scholarship.
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and author of the book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.” His other books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism" and "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century."