This title is not currently available for purchase
Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Communist

The Communist [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kengor

Pricing information not available.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £10.99  
Hardcover £16.05  
Audio, CD, Audiobook £28.41  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Product Description

Product Description

“I admire Russia for wiping out an economic system which permitted a handful of rich to exploit and beat gold from the millions of plain people… As one who believes in freedom and democracy for all, I honor the Red nation.” —FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS, 1947

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.

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.

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 Paul Kengor’s The Communist, Americans can finally weigh the evidence and decide for themselves.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13610 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1452609209
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions/Mercury Ink (17 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z4RYOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray:
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.4 out of 5 stars  160 reviews
322 of 381 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obama's Hidden Communist Teleprompter 18 July 2012
By James R. Holland - Published on
How many people have wondered about the true identity of the Wizard of Oz that is feeding Obama's teleprompter while hidden from view behind a curtain?
Finally, a possible answer to that riddle has been discovered and documented by Paul Kengor in his new biography of Frank Marshall Davis. Who the heck is Frank Marshall Davis and why hasn't his identity and importance to Barack Obama been reported and analyzed by the media?
Obama mentions his mentor only briefly in his own autobiographies and wisely refers to that most important influence on him as "Frank." Why was that?
Frank Marshall Davis was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA. His card number was #47544. He was a lifetime pro-Soviet, pro-Red China Communist. "He edited and wrote for communist newspapers in both Chicago and Honolulu" and published the writings of noted Soviet Agents.
"Davis came into Barack Obama's life in the 1970s.... Frank Marshall Davis had a distinct influence on Obama during their years together in the 1970s. The exact extent of that influence will be one of the subjects analyzed in detail through this book."
To know some of Davis's hard-core Communist's beliefs, one only has to listen to the words of Barack Obama. Many of the phrases peppering his political speeches are almost direct quotes of the radical writings of Davis.
"Frank Marshall Davis is the closest thing that the adolescent Obama had to a mentor. The only competitor was Obamas's maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham. Actually, 'competitor' is not a good word, give that Dunham introduced Frank to Obama for the purpose of mentoring."
In 21 chapters of meticulously detailed information, Kengor paints a picture of the man who may have had the single most influence on Barack Obama. The portrait he so carefully paints of the self-admitted COMMUNIST FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS is going to open the eyes of many American voters. This information was deliberately buried by the media for fear it would doom Obama's historic campaign for President. If it wasn't buried, then the media simply wasn't interested in digging the information up and doing its First Amendment job of protecting the American people by keeping them informed.
However, now that Obama is indeed President, it is evident that Frank Davis's beliefs and teachings are being beamed into the two always-present Teleprompters when he gives speeches. Alas, Obama's Wizard of Oz was a Marxist Communist through and through and those beliefs are those that Obama is using to instigate his changes on America. There isn't much hope, just economic disaster and the downfall of America's freedoms and Marx and Lenin's final victory over the West. The reader can almost hear their ghosts hammering their shoes on one of the tables in Hell and vowing to bury America and what it stands for.
This book allows even the most naïve of Americans to grasp what Obama is doing to the United States of America. This Wizard of Oz has created the perfect "Manchurian Candidate" to pull off the greatest hoax by a snake oil salesman in the history of the world.

Since I finished this review I've seen an interesting 95-minute documentary by Joel Gilbert entitled "Dreams from My Real Father." While the movie director admits the film "weaves together the proven facts with reasoned logic and speculation in an attempt to fill the obvious gaps in Obama's history," there is still a lot of interesting information contained in it about Frank Marshall Davis. Please feel free to read my recent review of that interesting documentary. It's not to be confused with the newer documentary called "2016 Obama's America."
217 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the man who was arguably the single biggest influence on Barack Obama. 18 July 2012
By Paul Tognetti - Published on
C'mon now. How many of you out there had ever even heard of Frank Marshall Davis? For the past dozen years I have been reading one non-fiction book per week and to the best of my knowledge I have never even come across his name. That is all about to change. Author Paul Kengor, a man who has written books about Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush reveals the man behind the curtain in his brilliant new book "The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis--The Story of Barack Obama's Mentor". Here you will learn all about the man Barack Obama describes in "Dreams of My Father" as his "mentor" when he came into his life in the 1970's. They say you really can tell a lot about a man by knowing who his friends are. As you will discover, Davis was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party who for decades toiled as a journalist, a labor activist and you guessed it--a community organizer. According to the author "Frank Marshall Davis's political antics were so radical that the FBI placed him on the federal government's Security Index, which meant that he could be immediately detained or arrested in the event of a national emergency, such as a war breaking out between the United States and the USSR." If you are interested in discovering just who President Barack Obama really is and what he truly believes in then you positively must read this book.

With Election Day 2012 rapidly approaching, it is absolutely essential that the American people discover the truth about the man who is seeking a second term as President. There is no doubt in my mind that "The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis--The Story of Barack Obama Mentor" will play a pivotal role in helping many of the so-called "undecideds" make that choice. In much the same vein as Dinesh D'Souza's "The Roots of Obama's Rage" from a year or so ago "The Communist" presents tons of important new information that sheds considerable light on Barack Obama's radical view of the world. One wonders if there is even one courageous and patriotic journalist out there in the mainstream media who would be willing to put it all on the line to expose this man. As Paul Kengor points out in the book "the people who influence our leaders matter." Touche! After you finish reading this book be sure to pass it on to your friends and neighbors. For anyone who is not an "Obama Zombie" what Paul Kengor discloses in this book is at once very sobering and extremely alarming. It has to make you wonder how such a shadowy figure could ever have become President of the United States. And still there is so much more that we do not know about this man. "The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis--The Story of Barack Obama's Mentor" is an informative, meticulously-documented and extremely well-written book. Very highly recommended!
135 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening 17 July 2012
By Brandon King - Published on
It is absolutely unbelievable how the media can so widely ignore the facts when it comes to someone as important to the nation's well-being as our president's mentor. The truths that this book exposes should have been pointed out by the media YEARS ago. We need to stand together on election day and vote this buffoon out before his Communist policies destroy our great nation anymore!
129 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "INFORMATIVE, CONCISE, POLITICAL VIEWPOINTS!" 17 July 2012
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on
Best Selling author, Paul Kengor delivers a brilliant presentation on eye-opening facts, influence on Obama, communist control in Korea and Vietnam, and much more. The author portrays a powerfully moving book on deep troubling economic problems, political opinions, and arguments. Also, he presents ongoing issues as to influence of strong voices upon the Government and how these voices contributed to why this country is in the shape it's now in. Interesting and Educational. Highly Recommended!
99 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Look at the life of Frank Marshall Davis 18 July 2012
By Eric M. Gorse - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First I think that when reviewing a political book A person should state their Own political opinions.
I consider myself a Moderate, But I feel many of the fans of this book would probable consider me a
Liberal. With That Being said I will now Give my thoughts on this book...

I didn't expect to like this book but to my surprise I found it to be a pretty good book

It's well written but it does have a tendency to be on the dry side.

The Reason that this book exists is best said by the author Himself...
''''The people who influence our leaders matter.'''

Whether we Like President Obama or we dislike him it still matters who he grew up around or was
influenced by in his youth or early adulthood.

Some people think that Davis had a major influrence on Obama and some think that he had little influence but either way there
should be no problem with an author taking a closer look at Mr. Davis's life.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category