By Gregory S. Taylor
“Gives higher intensity to our figuring out of individuals within the Communist social gathering, and particularly of these who left and gave testimony opposed to their former comrades.”—Robert Korstad, writer of Civil Rights Unionism
“A welcome boost to the historic literature on American anticommunism.”—Jeff Woods, writer of Black fight, crimson Scare
“Incisive, provocative, considerate, jargon-free, an exceptional learn. A balanced understandable account that weaves jointly Crouch’s lifestyles and his era’s advanced, careworn political history.”—Daniel Leab, writer of I was once a Communist for the FBI: The existence and unsatisfied occasions of Matt Cvetic
Paul Crouch (1903–1955) used to be a naïve, ill-educated recruit who chanced on a relatives, a livelihood, and a bigger romantic reason within the Communist get together. He spent greater than fifteen years organizing American employees, assembly with Soviet leaders, and attempting to infiltrate the U.S. army with Communist squaddies. As public perceptions of Communism shifted after WWII, Crouch’s financial disasters, greed, and hope for repute morphed him right into a vehement ideologue for the anti-Communist movement.
During 5 years as a paid executive informer, he named Robert Oppenheimer, Charlie Chaplin, and so on as Communists, asserted that the Communist conspiracy had reached the very doorsteps of the White condo, and claimed the civil rights stream used to be Communist encouraged. In 1954, a lot of Crouch’s testimony was once uncovered as perjury, yet he remained defiant to the end.
How, and why, one individual—once referred to as the main risky guy in America—could develop into a devoted foot soldier on each side of the chilly warfare ideological divide is the topic of this attention-grabbing, incisive biography.
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