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HARVEY KLEHR is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Politics and History and former chairman of the political science department at Emory University, where he taught from 1971 to 2016. He is the author, co-author, or editor of thirteen books, three of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America was published by Yale University Press in 2009 and praised by Anne Applebaum as a “genuinely important and darkly fascinating book.” He has also written more than 120 articles and reviews for professional journals as well as for Commentary, The New Republic, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and Weekly Standard.
He was the recipient of the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award for Emory College in 1983 and was recognized as the University Scholar-Teacher of the Year by Emory in 1995. He also served a six-year term as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.
By the time he died under mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1979 at the age of sixty, David Karr had reinvented himself numerous times. His remarkable American journey encompassed many different worlds—from Communist newspapers to the Office of War Information, from muckraking columnist to public relations flack, from corporate raider to corporate executive, from moviemaker to hotel executive, from international businessman to Soviet asset. Once denounced on the floor of the Senate by Joseph McCarthy, he became a trusted adviser to Sargent Shriver, Scoop Jackson, and Jerry Brown.
In this intriguing book, they show how, years after the death of communism, the leading historical journals and many prominent historians continue to teach that America’s rejection of the Party was a tragic error, that American Communists were actually unsung heroes working for democratic ideals, and that those anti-Communist liberals and conservatives who drove the CPUSA to the margins of American politics in the 1950s were malicious figures deserving condemnation.