A Business Man Looks at Communism
[Wichita, Kansas?]: Published by the author, 1960. First Edition. The scarce first edition of Fred Koch’s self-published warning of the surreptitious ways in which Communists plan to take over America. Following an 18-Point preface on the nature of Communism, he discusses Historical Materialism, Dialectical Materialism and Economic Determinism before describing the Soviet Union’s successful conquests of China and Cuba. He then outlines the potential methods of a Communist take-over in the U.S. by internal subversion including: foreign aid, subversion in tax-free foundations, labor unions, supreme court, universities, the U.N., church hierarchy, media, politics, art, the Armed Services, and racial agitation (“The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America”). Includes two black & white photographs of murdered Koreans at the hands of Russian Communists.
Fred Koch’s staunch anti-Communism developed during his time building oil refineries in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. He became convinced that Communists had already infiltrated the U.S. government and was subsequently suspicious of big government. He was a founding member of the John Birch Society. Two of his sons, Charles and David Koch, better known as the Koch Brothers, have perpetuated his libertarian tendencies and wealth-building enterprises.
Stapled, illustrated wrappers (9 ¼” x 6 ¼”), 39 p., illus. Faint offsetting to the front wrapper, else a Near Fine copy. ‘First edition 1960’ printed on the title page. At least five editions were published by Koch, but the title remains scarce in the trade. We’ve handled numerous edition, but never the first. Item #10414