By Gregory S. Taylor
“Gives better intensity to our realizing of individuals within the Communist occasion, 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 old literature on American anticommunism.”—Jeff Woods, writer of Black fight, purple Scare
“Incisive, provocative, considerate, jargon-free, a superb learn. A balanced understandable account that weaves jointly Crouch’s lifestyles and his era’s complicated, careworn political history.”—Daniel Leab, writer of I used to be a Communist for the FBI: The lifestyles and unsatisfied instances of Matt Cvetic
Paul Crouch (1903–1955) was once a naïve, ill-educated recruit who came across a family members, a livelihood, and a bigger romantic reason within the Communist celebration. He spent greater than fifteen years organizing American staff, assembly with Soviet leaders, and attempting to infiltrate the U.S. army with Communist infantrymen. As public perceptions of Communism shifted after WWII, Crouch’s financial mess ups, greed, and wish for popularity morphed him right into a vehement ideologue for the anti-Communist movement.
During 5 years as a paid govt 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 condominium, and claimed the civil rights circulate used to be Communist encouraged. In 1954, a lot of Crouch’s testimony used to be uncovered as perjury, yet he remained defiant to the end.
How, and why, one individual—once often called the main risky guy in America—could develop into a faithful foot soldier on each side of the chilly struggle ideological divide is the topic of this attention-grabbing, incisive biography.