Reviews

“The press, the universities, and the elites on both coasts got the Cold War, fundamentally, wrong. Ordinary Americans—the kinds of people who devoted their energy to making ends meet, not to shaping received opinion—got the conflict, fundamentally, right. Paul Kengor presents an utterly invaluable study of this struggle here at home. Self-delusion and malaise versus good sense and courage; détente and weakness versus peace through strength; Jimmy Carter versus Ronald Reagan. Read Dupes and you’ll understand how we finally won—and how very close we came to losing.”

Peter Robinson, author of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life

“During my time as Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser, we saw the crucial need to stand up to the Soviets and the international Communist movement. Too many people on our side, while well-intentioned, did not see that need and were often misled. At long last, here is a book that explores this intriguing and troubling aspect of the Cold War. Paul Kengor has written a lively, thoroughly documented book bringing a much greater breadth to an accurate understanding of America’s battle against a truly evil empire.”

William P. Clark, former national security adviser

“As he did in his masterpiece on Ronald Reagan, The Crusader, Paul Kengor applies meticulous research to peeling back the layers of lies and obfuscation the American Left has used for years in claiming that its associations with the Soviets and other tyrants were just coincidental. But this is far from an across-the-board condemnation of every liberal. Kengor offers a favorable revision of Woodrow Wilson as a staunch anti-Bolshevik; exposes the thorough corruption of John Dewey; examines the CPUSA’s targeting of the New Deal as ‘fascist’; and exposes with reproduced photocopies the duplicity of American Communists in aiding and abetting Adolf Hitler with their antiwar efforts in the 1930s. A great contribution.”

Larry Schweikart, bestselling author of A Patriot’s History of the United States
and
Seven Events That Made America America

Dupes is an enormously important book that will forever change the way you think about liberals and how they deal with America’s enemies. Kengor has unearthed eye-popping new information that left me amazed and a bit frightened. By the way, Dupes is especially relevant in the era of Obama.”

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

“The Crusades? The Inquisition? Forget about it. The greatest killer in human history has been Communism. In this engaging and important book, Kengor shows us who was duped by Communism, why, and the sad results. This is a significant addition to our historical understanding of the past hundred years—not to be missed by either the Right or the Left.”

Dinesh D’Souza, bestselling author of What’s So Great About America

“In the twentieth century it was Whittaker Chambers’s Witness that alerted the West to the actions of those who were secretly serving the enemy. Now Paul Kengor gives us the twenty-first-century equivalent to Witness: a detailed, riveting history of those who were duped into doing the same. Dupes is not to be missed!”

Peter Schweizer, bestselling author of Do as I Say (Not as I Do)

“A book so fascinating and so revealing that I couldn’t put it down. Kengor gives us a fabulous tour of Communist dupes in America from FDR through SDS, Carter, Kerry, and Ted Kennedy. The gullibility of FDR and others would be comical if it weren’t so tragic for U.S. foreign policy. Key American leaders, as Kengor shows clearly, ultimately strengthened and extended the life of a totalitarian regime that thrived on deceit, oppression, and mass murder.”

Burton Folsom Jr., author of New Deal or Raw Deal?

Dupes is an extraordinary book that alters our understanding of the twentieth century.”

Herb Meyer, Special Assistant to CIA Director William Casey, 1981–87

“Face it. You are going to have to read this book. This book will be questioned and attacked, and it should be. It raises some crucial and extremely uncomfortable questions. It makes some very strong accusations that need to be answered—for instance, those about Senator Kennedy offering to help the Soviets against President Reagan. Some of the documentation is here. Start arguing.”

Michael Novak, American Enterprise Institute

Review: David Stokes, “Usual Idiots, Usual Suspects,” Townhall