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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

  • Written by: Paul Kengor
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The worst idea in history is back!

Communism has wrecked national economies, enslaved whole peoples, and killed more than a hundred million men and women. What's not to like?

Too many young Americans are supporting communism. Millennials prefer socialism to capitalism, and 25 percent have a positive view of Lenin. One in four Americans believe that George W. Bush killed more people than Joseph Stalin. And 69 percent of millennials would vote for a socialist for president.

They ought to know better. Communism is the most dangerous idea in world history, producing dire poverty, repression, and carnage wherever it has been tried. And no wonder - because communism flatly denies morality, human nature, and basic facts. But it's always going to be different this time.

Renowned scholar and best-selling author Paul Kengor unmasks communism, exposing its blood-drenched history and the strange sway it has long exercised over much of American media and education. He reveals:

  • Stalin alone killed six times as many people as Hitler
  • The Khmer Rouge slaughtered more than a third of the population of Cambodia
  • Communists in Eastern Europe and worldwide tortured Christians
  • Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was directly controlled by the Soviets
  • Obama's CIA director voted for the CPUSA candidate for president in 1980
  • Unrepentant 60s-era communists are educating American teachers today

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism debunks the world's worst ideology, sounds the alarm about its disturbing popular resurgence, and arms you with facts you need to refute its appeal.

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This narrator is highly irritating. He lands every sentence with a downward inflection. He almost has voice fry I wish I could get through this book but I can't listen to it any longer.

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Great idea POOR Delivery

Communism is a bad idea in general, but equating liberal s to communism because communism has some similar ideals is like equating conservatives to Nazis because Nazis share so similar ideals. Saying that communism kills people is like saying guns kill people in the gun argument. Communism breads tyrants which will do anything to hold on to power. Just like guns empower people to use them. Much more wrong with this book.

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The unvarnished truth

This book goes into great detail into the atrocities and pure evil Marxism truly is. The truth is, it is an ideology of the stupid, gullible, cruel, manipulative and sadistic.

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  • P.G
  • 2020-06-26

great book.

I believe every one should read this one. not reading it would be A CRIME AGENST THE REVOLUTION comrade.

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  • Kurt
  • 2018-02-16

Should be required reading in High School

Easily one of the best books on Communism out there, if the intent is to introduce people who don't know anything about it. Young people are not taught this at all. This is why people like the young lunatic that just attacked innocent kids at a Florida High School wear communist shirts idolizing these lunatic terrorists from the past.
This is one of the those books that is sort of a "launching pad". The chapters allow you to start looking at other resources, other ideas, and you start to see how this has all been tied together in the last 100 years in this country.
The book attempts to explain how.. in a country so successful as the United States.. millions of young people could vote for an avowed Socialist (Bernie Sanders) who proudly displays a USSR flag in his office spaces.
When a sitting Senator from Vermont, puts up a USSR flag in his office, and you understand that that symbol represents a system that murdered more people than the Nazis.. by a factor of at least 3, maybe 4... it is an indicator that there is a serious problem in our education system with regards to the history of Communism.
Every single American who votes should read this book.

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  • RickB
  • 2020-09-07

Moderate / Centrist Thoughts

** Bias Warning **

The facts presented in this book are interpreted through an unapologetically conservative lens, I mean full on religious right, and at times it caused me to nearly stopped reading the book due to concerns about credibility.

** Why Read It **
If you are worried about a left leaning bias in academia how can you be sure to learn about communism without whitewashing? Read this book.

I also enjoyed its scope - it goes right into the 21st Century, here are some things I found interesting:

* If Marx was all about class struggle, why is the left all about race, gender and sexuality today?

* What about socialism? Is that any different to Communism?

* Russian Revolution. Che Guevara. Cuban Missile Crisis. Mao. Great Leap Forward. Pol Pot. Frankfurt School etc

** Note to Conservative Readers - Don't Demonise Atheists **
Being an atheist tells you NOTHING about someone's position on anything except belief in a god or gods. This includes communism, and many atheists are just as aghast at the appalling history of communism as you are. Atheists can be right wing libertarian, left wing progressive or centrist moderates concerned about all extremism. They can even be highly religious - e.g. some branches of Buddhism.

Lumping them all together is like lumping together everyone who doesn't believe in astrology - ridiculous.

What the heck is an "Obscene Atheist Museum" anyway? How would it differ from a museum to "not collecting stamps"? What would be in it? It makes no sense but Paul constantly throws these sorts of comments around, potentially alienating many who are otherwise sympathetic with his concerns about communism.

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  • Chandler Bridges
  • 2019-04-02

Good Expose of communism

This book does a great job of exposing communism by covering many facets of the evil of the political system.

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  • Rick
  • 2020-10-30

Finally the TRUTH

If you listen to this book, you will understand the gravity, of the relentless onslaught upon the halls of your mind. To be pushed to believe in something that destroys you, as a wonderful marvel of modern history. It will cause your blood to boil.

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  • Amanda
  • 2020-10-02

Must read for everyone

The narrator reads the information in an overly harsh voice, as if he’s trying share the historical information in a way that sounds like a personal, emotional attack. This takes away from the information being shared for me. It’s not a novel, it’s a history book.

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  • UnassumingLocalGuy
  • 2019-01-05

The Voice Kills It

The content is fine; it's the reader's voice that ruins the book for me. I'm not sure if it's his attitude or the tone of his voice but it just doesn't do it for me.

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  • Gregory Scott
  • 2018-05-06

Too much rhetoric

If you are looking for a book on history or political science, this won't meet either of those objectives. There is some useful information, but it is overshadowed by partisan opinions and name calling.

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  • Chris
  • 2019-01-24

Good information, disappointing organization and writing

The information is good, but it is poorly organized. Concepts are spread throughout many chapters and are presented in a disjointed way and repeated over and over and over again and again. The language used is unnecessarily rough. The narrator has a mannerism with his voice where he stresses the ending syllables of the last word of every sentence in a strange way. It is distracting and difficult to ignore.

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  • Merrell Blackwell
  • 2017-11-18

Eye opener

An eye opener, reconciling many conflicting thoughts in my mind. A little bit thick in sarcasm.

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  • Buckshot
  • 2020-11-11

A must for everyone.

A must for everyone. A history and perspective necessary for the awareness of the threat to our Constitution, our liberty, and our way if life.

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