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Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism [Hardcover]

Stanley Kurtz

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Book Description

Oct. 19 2010
President Barack Obama surprised many voters during a pre-election interview when he approvingly noted that Ronald Reagan had “changed the trajectory of America” in a way that other presidents had not. In effect, Obama was saying that he, too, aimed to transform America in some fundamental way. Yet while Americans in 1982 may have been divided over Reagan’s politics, at least they knew what he stood for. Do we really understand Obama’s vision for our country?

In his controversial new book, veteran journalist Stanley Kurtz culls together two years of investigations from archives and never-before-tapped sources to present an exhaustively-researched exposé of President Obama’s biggest secret—the socialist convictions and tactical ruthlessness he has long swept under the rug.

A personable figure, a thoughtful politician, and an inspiring orator, Obama has hidden his core political beliefs from the American people—sometimes by directly misrepresenting his past and sometimes by omitting or parceling out damaging information to disguise its real importance. The president presents himself as a post-ideological pragmatist, yet his current policies grow directly from the nexus of socialist associates and theories that has shaped him throughout his adult life.

Kurtz makes an in-depth exploration of the president’s connections to radical groups such as ACORN, UNO of Chicago, the Midwest Academy, and the Socialist Scholars Conferences. He explains what modern “stealth” socialism is, how it has changed, and how it continues to influence the Democratic Party. He sheds light on what the New York Times called a “lost chapter” of the president’s life—his years at Columbia—and proves that Obama’s youthful infatuation with socialism was not just a phase. Those ideas have shaped his political views and set the groundwork for the long-term strategy of his administration.

It could be argued that Obama’s past no longer matters, but, in a sense, it matters more than the present. Obama has adopted the gradualist socialist strategy of his mentors, seeking to combine comprehensive government regulation of private businesses with a steadily enlarging public sector. Eventually, in his hands, capitalist America could resemble a socialist-inspired Scandinavian welfare state.

The gap between inner conviction and public relations in Obama’s case is vastly wider than for most American politicians. If Americans understood in 2008 the facts Kurtz reveals in this shocking political biography, Obama would not be president today. The fears of his harshest critics are justified: our Commander-in- Chief is a Radical-in-Chief.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439155089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439155080
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 15.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, as well as a contributing editor for National Review Online. He has also written for National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, and Commentary.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Content - needs a better narrative Feb. 5 2011
By RickyJ - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent chronicling of the various forms of socialism in America over the past 30-ish years, and documents the President's relationships to a number of related organizations. The book starts with the the President's attendance of the Socialist Scholars Conference, but this seems the weakest of the organizational relationships exposed by the book. We're simply left wondering who the President met and spoke with, events that can't be documented. The ACORN expose is much stronger (followed by the Midwest Academy) as it unequivocally links the President to people and ideas that virtually no one is aware of, save the readers of this book and the President himself. If Mr. Kurtz can find and report the documentation, why can't/won't David Gregory or any other newsreader?

The information presented in the book is direct, specific, and (generally) non-punishing and represents a body of information that any voter should consider and decide. A better narrative, leading with the strongest bodies of evidence and using the weaker in support, would make this more accessible to more readers. As an aside, it is one of the more extensively footnoted books I've read outside of a few physics texts.
341 of 405 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Expose of Who Obama Really Is Oct. 18 2010
By Horizons59 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is extremely well documented with factual research that exposes what should be every American's worst fear - that our POTUS is a radical socialist to the core. The fact that Obama repeatedly lied about his past radical associations is disturbing in the extreme. Obama's goal really is to transform America from it's capitalist roots to pure socialism as fast as he possibly can. It's clear from this book's evidence that he will not moderate ala Bill Clinton, but he will use even more subversive tactics to achieve his end game. This book is scary but MUST reading for thinking Americans.
97 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!! Jan. 24 2011
By S. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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I've rented this book from my local library. I'm speechless. This book not only digs into Obama's Socialist life, but others involved. Thank you, Mr. Kurtz for your detective skills displayed in this book. In the near future, I'm going to purchase a copy of this book as a reference guide. They've done injustice to you by barring you from sharing this evidence on the radio.

There's a whopping 73 (Yup, 7 3) pages of resources used to write this book. Get this book before the 2012 elections so you'll understand why it's critical defeat Obama's agenda. It's important to know that it's Obama's socialist philosophies are THE ENEMY!! It's a tough book to read.

Knowing the enemy is tougher than ignoring it, that's why I'm recommending this book!!
169 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond a reasonable doubt Nov. 1 2010
By Martin McPhillips - Published on Amazon.com
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Stanley Kurtz makes the case that Barack Obama is and always has been a deep dish radical socialist, which is to say, a socialist by ideology and intent, not merely by political osmosis, and that he has thrown up clouds of deception to keep this fact from being known.

By combing through various archives and showing that Obama springs from an essentially hidden socialist network that he has been a part of from his days at Columbia University onward, and right into his presidency, Kurtz proves his case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The "community organizing" theory that drives Obama is, intentionally and by design, a stealthy and deceptive program for implementing socialism from below. Community organizers are practiced at avoiding the use of overt socialist and Marxist concepts, though in their private discussions they revert to those terms. Obama's working relationship with the radical Marxist and one-time bomber of the Pentagon, Bill Ayers, was even deeper and more ideological than what Obama critics thought, and Obama clearly concealed it and lied about it.

Obama's intimate connection with the far left community organizing empire known as ACORN, and the ideological and funding network it belongs to, not only places Obama at the roots of the subprime mortgage crisis that crashed the U.S. economy, it shows him as a central figure in the long-term plan to cause such crises and then take advantage of them to advance more socialism.

These are explosive claims, but Kurtz makes them stick and does so by steadily drawing the reality of Obama's background out of the mist that has obscured it. To say that Kurtz has done the job that American journalists refused to do is an understatement. This is a combination of detective work, investigative reporting, and scholarship that maps the reality that Obama has gone to great pains to deny and conceal.

This is not fast reading, because Kurtz so carefully constructs the book's inferential staircase, but the writing is nonetheless very clear, precise, and straightforward. I took my time with Radical-in-Chief and frequently paused to think about the implications of having a dedicated socialist and Marxist, who is trying to hide that fact, as President of the United States.
49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A close examination of Obama's past associations Jan. 22 2011
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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Stanley Kurtz is a careful, methodical investigator. In Chicago, while he was examining sources for this book, Obama's supporters tried to block his access to what should have been public records. This is not unusual for information pertaining to Obama. Ask yourself why Obama has not released his college records, medical histories or much else about his past. The mainstream media has been complicit in this concealment by simply not reporting it or seeming to care about Obama's past. It still amazes me how fast the mainstream media was to assign hundreds of reporters to digging up dirt on Sarah Palin as opposed to backgrounding Obama.

My advice is to approach Kurtz's book for what it is: the summary of an investigation into the personal history of a man who convinced a majority of voters to vote for him - once on a national scale.

While there are millions of voters who would have voted for anyone the Dem party put up, there are many millions who, if they had the information Kurtz developed, would have thought twice about casting their vote for this man.

I am not going to recite the contents of the book here. Much of it is already well known to readers of The Wall St. Journal, National Review and other conservative media, including blogs. Suffice it to say that every reference is sourced - any skeptic is free to consult the source materials, though it should be kept in mind how vigorously the attempts were to keep Kurtz away from this material.

Kurtz draws surprisingly few conclusions about Obama himself, but does of necessity, reach conclusions about some of the organizations Obama was involved with, such as the New Party, a shadowy organization that Obama has claimed at various times never existed. Likewise, the relationship between Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright is laid out here in chilling detail.

Overall, this is a fascinating book for friends and foes of Obama. Friends might want to find ways to rebut, using whatever verifiable facts they can muster, the points made by Kurtz. Foes will revel in the abundance of material here supporting their belief that Obama is not part of the American mainstream and never has been.

Jerry

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