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There’s an amusing unmentioned irony about Evan Osnos’s extremely long article in The New Yorker attempting to tie Donald Trump to white identity thinkers like Jared Taylor:

The Fearful and the Frustrated
Donald Trump’s nationalist coalition takes shape—for now.

BY EVAN OSNOS

On July 23rd, Donald Trump’s red-white-and-navy-blue Boeing 757 touched down in Laredo, Texas, where the temperature was climbing to a hundred and four degrees. …

When Trump announced his candidacy, on June 16th, he vowed to build a two-thousand-mile-long wall to stop Mexico from “sending people that have lots of problems.” He said, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Three of the statements had no basis in fact—the crime rate among first-generation immigrants is lower than that for native-born Americans—but Trump takes an expansive view of reality. “I play to people’s fantasies,” he writes in “The Art of the Deal,” his 1987 memoir. “I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.” …

I hope you are as shocked, shocked to read that bit from the book that made Trump a national celebrity as Evan Osnos must be.

When the Trump storm broke this summer, it touched off smaller tempests that stirred up American politics in ways that were easy to miss from afar. At the time, I happened to be reporting on extremist white-rights groups, and observed at first hand their reactions to his candidacy. Trump was advancing a dire portrait of immigration that partly overlapped with their own. …

Ever since the Tea Party’s peak, in 2010, and its fade, citizens on the American far right—Patriot militias, border vigilantes, white supremacists—have searched for a standard-bearer, and now they’d found him. In the past, “white nationalists,” as they call themselves, had described Trump as a “Jew-lover,” but the new tone of his campaign was a revelation. Richard Spencer is a self-described “identitarian” who lives in Whitefish, Montana, and promotes “white racial consciousness.” At thirty-six, Spencer is trim and preppy, with degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago. He is the president and director of the National Policy Institute, a think tank, co-founded by William Regnery, a member of the conservative publishing family, that is “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of European people in the United States and around the world.” The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Spencer “a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old.” Spencer told me that he had expected the Presidential campaign to be an “amusing freak show,” but that Trump was “refreshing.” He went on, “Trump, on a gut level, kind of senses that this is about demographics, ultimately. We’re moving into a new America.” He said, “I don’t think Trump is a white nationalist,” but he did believe that Trump reflected “an unconscious vision that white people have—that their grandchildren might be a hated minority in their own country. I think that scares us. They probably aren’t able to articulate it. I think it’s there. I think that, to a great degree, explains the Trump phenomenon. I think he is the one person who can tap into it.”

Jared Taylor, the editor of American Renaissance, a white-nationalist magazine and Web site based in Oakton, Virginia, told me, in regard to Trump, “I’m sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.”

Here’s Evan Osnos on the Charlie Rose Show promoting the Extreme Right / Donald Trump connection.

Of course, Evan Osnos doesn’t seem to find many white identity folks who have actually met Donald Trump.

A reader points out that Osnos also forgot to mention in his giant article that his own family played a much larger role in constructing Trump’s celebrity: Evan Osnos’s father, Peter Osnos, was Trump’s editor on The Art of the Deal and subsequent books.

Here’s the first paragraph of the acknowledgments from Trump’s The Art of the Deal:

Screenshot 2015-09-05 17.55.52

Here’s a 1985 article on Peter Osnos’s sales calls on Trump to sign him up with Random House.

Thomas Maier’s biography of S.I. Newhouse, Newhouse: All the Glitter, Power & Glory of America’s Richest Media Empire explains how Peter Osnos was present at the creation of Trump’s national celebrity:

Perhaps the most notable success, however, was Newhouse’s personal effort to convince Donald Trump to write a book for Random House. … Trump’s marquee value became evident to Si when “street sales” — issues bought at newsstands rather than through subscriptions — jumped for Newhouse’s GQ magazine featuring “The Donald” on its cover. … At that time, Trump had not yet become the man of a thousand tabloid headlines. The young developer with a dashing appearance and a multi-million-dollar real estate portfolio seemed to capture the interest of readers, embodying the era’s much-publicized ideal of the brash Yuppie on the make. Trump was the ideal billionaire. …

Soon afterward, Si personally called Trump, and that initial contact was followed by a series of follow-up meetings with Random House’s then associate publisher Peter Osnos. During one conference with the developer, Osnos brought along, at Si’s suggestion, a dummy book jacket with a picture of Trump standing splendidly in the atrium of his Trump Tower. … Osnos wrapped the jacket around a thick Russian novel for further verisimilitude. … the sales pitch worked. … Privately, [Trump] was flattered and slightly dumbfounded that Si Newhouse was interested enough to approach him personally. A year later, Trump’s paean to himself, The Art of the Deal, became a huge bestseller for Rand House … The original book, however, secured Trump’s place as a nationally recognized figure — a True Celeb in the bright firmament of American Hype.

And from the Los Angeles Times in 1987:

Donald Trump: The Art of the Party
December 20, 1987 | ELIZABETH MEHREN

NEW YORK — As the policeman from Midtown North said, “Now this is a party.” At that moment, several thousand of Donald Trump’s closest friends were gyrating on a dance floor smaller than most volleyball courts. Every few seconds, another among the thousands of red balloons that dropped from the ceiling of the atrium at Trump Tower would explode, a victim of a stiletto heel or an errant champagne glass. With expansive thanks to publisher Si Newhouse of Random House, editor Peter Osnos (ditto) and co-author Tony Schwartz, this was Trump’s little get-together to introduce “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” a book that sold a cool 54,000 copies in one week alone.

And here’s an entertaining 1990 New York article discussing Peter Osnos’s gung-ho role in editing and promoting Trump’s second book, which came together as Trump was experiencing financial difficulties and was feeling a little humbler than normal.

And here is the New York Times wedding announcement for Evan Osnos listing his father as Peter Osnos, editor and publisher.

 
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  1. (((Evan Osnos)))

  2. I am looking forward to the scathing typewritten memos from Trump’s commanding officer in the NY National Guard Yacht Fleet

  3. Evan Osnos Links Donald Trump to White Identity Rightists

    Every Democratic presidential candidate in the US since 1988 has received the official endorsement of the Communist Party USA, and self-identified communist regimes world wide murdered (not killed, but “murdered”) between 20 and 70 million non-combatant civilians during the 20th century.

    The left really shouldn’t go there.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_USA

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes

  4. I don’t get it, help me out. Why would a guy whose family helped and was helped by Trump want to smear him?

    • Replies: @CK
    @eric

    Hand
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    , @Romanian
    @eric

    Loyalty is no longer a virtue! Neither is gratitude.

  5. Why would a guy whose family helped and was helped by Trump want to smear him?

    Because he despises men of European ancestry and Trump has given a voice to those men.

    It’s always 1933 in the mind of Culture of Critique jews.

    • Replies: @SFG
    @Anonymous

    You think the New Yorker wants any Republican to win?

  6. So, claiming the same political rights as every other identity group amounts to “White Supremacy.”

    This BS is precisely what is powering the appeal of Trump. The argument is that his supporters are so toxic that they should be barred from political representation.

    Fat chance. I think that scam has ceased working.

    • Replies: @Ttjy
    @Shouting Thomas

    It is a joke when white people can't look out for themselves, especially in a country that is less and less white.

    There is one story after another trying to destroy Trump. I really hope he wins.

    He is really the last hope. It seems crazy to say that, but if Hillary or most of the other Republicans win there will be no stopping immigration and the destruction of this country.

    It may already be to late with the demographics the way they are, but it will definitely be over if Trump loses.

    The elites in the US and Europe are truly disgusting.

    Replies: @Tony

  7. The entire Osnos interview with Charlie Rose is available here:

    http://charlierose.com/watch/60608939

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous

    BTW, you can embed the video of this interview with this code:

    <iframe width="512" height="288" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=2lw3c4mdhtpcrbbcmh2bfa&partner=charlierose&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hulu.com%2Fwatch%2F836227" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"...

  8. Mr Sailer,

    I’d like to get your take on this, if you haven’t covered it already:

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8092940

  9. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Trump isn’t getting the white nationalist vote so much as he’s getting the fed-up moderate vote. A lot of regular Joes and Janes were genuinely shocked last summer when that crazy ‘Children’s Crusade’ wave of 100,000 immigrants poured across the border. That event was the (pardon the conceptual pun) Rubicon for a lot of ordinary Americans. People suddenly realized the pro-immigration crowd is simply crazy if they’re emotionally okay with huge numbers of unprotected children immigrating and being dumped en masse in America’s care ‘just because all immigration is automatically okay.’ That’s like saying becoming a street kid in the US is great because that means you made it into this country, and liberals sound like freaks when they defend the notion.

  10. @Shouting Thomas
    So, claiming the same political rights as every other identity group amounts to "White Supremacy."

    This BS is precisely what is powering the appeal of Trump. The argument is that his supporters are so toxic that they should be barred from political representation.

    Fat chance. I think that scam has ceased working.

    Replies: @Ttjy

    It is a joke when white people can’t look out for themselves, especially in a country that is less and less white.

    There is one story after another trying to destroy Trump. I really hope he wins.

    He is really the last hope. It seems crazy to say that, but if Hillary or most of the other Republicans win there will be no stopping immigration and the destruction of this country.

    It may already be to late with the demographics the way they are, but it will definitely be over if Trump loses.

    The elites in the US and Europe are truly disgusting.

    • Replies: @Tony
    @Ttjy

    What about Jeb? Relax, just kidding.

  11. Has it ever been established whether Trump said “they’re rapists” or “their rapists”?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @International Jew

    Has it ever been established whether Trump said “they’re rapists” or “their rapists”?

    Interesting question. I hadn't realized that was an issue.

  12. @International Jew
    Has it ever been established whether Trump said "they're rapists" or "their rapists"?

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Has it ever been established whether Trump said “they’re rapists” or “their rapists”?

    Interesting question. I hadn’t realized that was an issue.

  13. @Anonymous
    The entire Osnos interview with Charlie Rose is available here:

    http://charlierose.com/watch/60608939

    Replies: @Anonymous

    BTW, you can embed the video of this interview with this code:

    <iframe width="512" height="288" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=2lw3c4mdhtpcrbbcmh2bfa&partner=charlierose&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hulu.com%2Fwatch%2F836227&quot; frameborder="0" scrolling="no"…

  14. Osnos has a face like a cuck.

  15. Osnos is Jewish too.

    That explains a lot.

  16. Also interviewed by NPR Terry Gross (also Jewish)
    How White Nationalist Groups Found Their Candidate In Donald Trump
    http://www.npr.org/2015/09/03/437195328/how-white-nationalist-groups-found-their-candidate-in-donald-trump

    Osnos, Rose, Gross — all Jewish. Shouldn’t they mention it if they are launching an attack on white Christians? I really don’t mind Jews sticking up for their ethnic identity, but they ought to say that is what they are doing when they attack someone else’s ethnic identity.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @George AngryDad

    Charlie Rose is not Jewish, and if you watch the entire Osnos interview, which is linked in one of the comments above, both rose and Osnos note that Trump supporters are not monolithic and should not all be characterized or smeared as being the same and attacked.

    Replies: @Richard, @George AngryDad, @Ttjy

  17. @Anonymous
    Why would a guy whose family helped and was helped by Trump want to smear him?

    Because he despises men of European ancestry and Trump has given a voice to those men.

    It's always 1933 in the mind of Culture of Critique jews.

    Replies: @SFG

    You think the New Yorker wants any Republican to win?

  18. Trump has a Jewish son in law so good luck trying to smear him as Stormfront.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    @Whiskey

    He has a Jewish daughter, Ivanka, too.

  19. @Whiskey
    Trump has a Jewish son in law so good luck trying to smear him as Stormfront.

    Replies: @D. K.

    He has a Jewish daughter, Ivanka, too.

  20. @George AngryDad
    Also interviewed by NPR Terry Gross (also Jewish)
    How White Nationalist Groups Found Their Candidate In Donald Trump
    http://www.npr.org/2015/09/03/437195328/how-white-nationalist-groups-found-their-candidate-in-donald-trump

    Osnos, Rose, Gross -- all Jewish. Shouldn't they mention it if they are launching an attack on white Christians? I really don't mind Jews sticking up for their ethnic identity, but they ought to say that is what they are doing when they attack someone else's ethnic identity.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Charlie Rose is not Jewish, and if you watch the entire Osnos interview, which is linked in one of the comments above, both rose and Osnos note that Trump supporters are not monolithic and should not all be characterized or smeared as being the same and attacked.

    • Replies: @Richard
    @Anonymous


    Charlie Rose is not Jewish, and if you watch the entire Osnos interview, which is linked in one of the comments above, both rose and Osnos note that Trump supporters are not monolithic and should not all be characterized or smeared as being the same and attacked.
     
    Big of him, but why should any Trump supporters be smeared and attacked? You're raising a flag to nuance in defense of a strident lack of nuance. There's a lot of projection going on in these attacks from Osnos, NPR et al about how various white subgroups fear loss of power (which in reality, most of them never had), when the truth is it is the former group that deeply fears a loss of power if a guy like Trump were to break up the current left/right axis of American politics.
    , @George AngryDad
    @Anonymous

    Thanks for the correction about Rose. Yes it is obvious from polls that Trump's support is 100x times what might be gotten from white nationalists and neo-Nazis. And yet I keep seeing articles and interviews that attempt to link Trump to white racists and Nazis.

    , @Ttjy
    @Anonymous

    Just the fact that they are talking about being associated with a white identity group as a bad thing shows how biased the media are.That's how the frame things and many people will be influenced into thinking that white identity is bad and they don't want to be "bad". That's how sinister the media are.

    Most conservatives and Republicans have bought into the multicultural, pr0-immigration, anti-white view of the the country.

    Republicans brag about getting the Civil Rights Act passed. They also brag about being responsible for the equal protection clause which is used to make so many laws unconstitutional.

    Diversity is a status symbol. I was watching the ND game tonight and they had a tribute to FR. Hesburgh, ND's former president. Of course , they showed him campaigning for civil rights with that pious minister, MLK.

  21. The War Against White Homelands

  22. @Anonymous
    @George AngryDad

    Charlie Rose is not Jewish, and if you watch the entire Osnos interview, which is linked in one of the comments above, both rose and Osnos note that Trump supporters are not monolithic and should not all be characterized or smeared as being the same and attacked.

    Replies: @Richard, @George AngryDad, @Ttjy

    Charlie Rose is not Jewish, and if you watch the entire Osnos interview, which is linked in one of the comments above, both rose and Osnos note that Trump supporters are not monolithic and should not all be characterized or smeared as being the same and attacked.

    Big of him, but why should any Trump supporters be smeared and attacked? You’re raising a flag to nuance in defense of a strident lack of nuance. There’s a lot of projection going on in these attacks from Osnos, NPR et al about how various white subgroups fear loss of power (which in reality, most of them never had), when the truth is it is the former group that deeply fears a loss of power if a guy like Trump were to break up the current left/right axis of American politics.

  23. @Anonymous
    @George AngryDad

    Charlie Rose is not Jewish, and if you watch the entire Osnos interview, which is linked in one of the comments above, both rose and Osnos note that Trump supporters are not monolithic and should not all be characterized or smeared as being the same and attacked.

    Replies: @Richard, @George AngryDad, @Ttjy

    Thanks for the correction about Rose. Yes it is obvious from polls that Trump’s support is 100x times what might be gotten from white nationalists and neo-Nazis. And yet I keep seeing articles and interviews that attempt to link Trump to white racists and Nazis.

  24. @Anonymous
    @George AngryDad

    Charlie Rose is not Jewish, and if you watch the entire Osnos interview, which is linked in one of the comments above, both rose and Osnos note that Trump supporters are not monolithic and should not all be characterized or smeared as being the same and attacked.

    Replies: @Richard, @George AngryDad, @Ttjy

    Just the fact that they are talking about being associated with a white identity group as a bad thing shows how biased the media are.That’s how the frame things and many people will be influenced into thinking that white identity is bad and they don’t want to be “bad”. That’s how sinister the media are.

    Most conservatives and Republicans have bought into the multicultural, pr0-immigration, anti-white view of the the country.

    Republicans brag about getting the Civil Rights Act passed. They also brag about being responsible for the equal protection clause which is used to make so many laws unconstitutional.

    Diversity is a status symbol. I was watching the ND game tonight and they had a tribute to FR. Hesburgh, ND’s former president. Of course , they showed him campaigning for civil rights with that pious minister, MLK.

  25. Some rather amusing stuff about Osnos Sr. and Trump in Spy too from that time. Trump, of course, a favourite target of the magazine. Even a picure of Osnos Sr. at the book’s release party. And something about him meeting Ms. Maples for the first time.

    https://www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=5szrVdX5LuyM8QfEnJSYDw&gws_rd=ssl#tbm=bks&q=%22peter+osnos%22++trump

  26. The latest SurveyUSA poll doesn’t agree with what Osnos is saying:

    Trump is struggling among whites with only 51% (Romney won 59%)

    Trump is doing exceedingly well among blacks w/ 25% (Reps normally get 10%) also with 16% undecided, he could break 30%.

    Trump is doing OK among Hispanics w/ 30% and 19% undecided which could get him to an outstanding 40%. (Romney got around 30%; G.W. Bush got around 40%)

    Hillary dominating among the high school education or less group while Trump wins the 4-year college and above crowd.

    Trump has a big lead among political junkies while Clinton does better with lower information voters.

    So basically this disproves the establishment GOP argument that Trump is a disaster for Republican chances to increase their share of the minority vote. If anything, Trump needs to sharpen his message a little to increase his sagging numbers among white voters!

    http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=d950cadf-05ce-4148-a125-35c0cdab26c6

    • Replies: @Rifleman
    @Shine a Light


    Trump is struggling among whites with only 51% (Romney won 59%)
     
    No he isn't. That is his highest rated race group. And this isn't final, the undecided among White voters is 14%.

    So White vote and Trump:

    For Trump 51% Clinton 34% Undecided 14%

    Note the Asians, which you ignored, and Trump:

    For Trump 41% Clinton 39% Undecided 20%

    Asians the other race group that so far favors Trump over Clinton.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The point about Onos' Jewish paranoia and THE WHITE NATIONALIST THREAT is not about just data it's about the motivation and anxieties of Jews like Osnos and Jews who work for and read The New Yorker or the New York Times or New York or the New York Review of Books.

    It's about their psychic need to see White America, the goyim, as an immoral and immortal threat to the Jews and the Jewish world mission as a Light Unto the Nations, or as the younger generation says, as SJW Social Justice Warriors fighting the forces of Evil.

    Evil= White men, Right wing, "nativist", Christian, WASP, Republican, racist, sexist, homo/transphobic, antisemitic etc etc etc etc.
  27. All in the family. If you control both sides, you’ll never lose.

  28. Osnos is course a member of the tribe

  29. @Shine a Light
    The latest SurveyUSA poll doesn't agree with what Osnos is saying:

    Trump is struggling among whites with only 51% (Romney won 59%)

    Trump is doing exceedingly well among blacks w/ 25% (Reps normally get 10%) also with 16% undecided, he could break 30%.

    Trump is doing OK among Hispanics w/ 30% and 19% undecided which could get him to an outstanding 40%. (Romney got around 30%; G.W. Bush got around 40%)

    Hillary dominating among the high school education or less group while Trump wins the 4-year college and above crowd.

    Trump has a big lead among political junkies while Clinton does better with lower information voters.

    So basically this disproves the establishment GOP argument that Trump is a disaster for Republican chances to increase their share of the minority vote. If anything, Trump needs to sharpen his message a little to increase his sagging numbers among white voters!

    http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=d950cadf-05ce-4148-a125-35c0cdab26c6

    Replies: @Rifleman

    Trump is struggling among whites with only 51% (Romney won 59%)

    No he isn’t. That is his highest rated race group. And this isn’t final, the undecided among White voters is 14%.

    So White vote and Trump:

    For Trump 51% Clinton 34% Undecided 14%

    Note the Asians, which you ignored, and Trump:

    For Trump 41% Clinton 39% Undecided 20%

    Asians the other race group that so far favors Trump over Clinton.
    ——————————————————————————————-

    The point about Onos’ Jewish paranoia and THE WHITE NATIONALIST THREAT is not about just data it’s about the motivation and anxieties of Jews like Osnos and Jews who work for and read The New Yorker or the New York Times or New York or the New York Review of Books.

    It’s about their psychic need to see White America, the goyim, as an immoral and immortal threat to the Jews and the Jewish world mission as a Light Unto the Nations, or as the younger generation says, as SJW Social Justice Warriors fighting the forces of Evil.

    Evil= White men, Right wing, “nativist”, Christian, WASP, Republican, racist, sexist, homo/transphobic, antisemitic etc etc etc etc.

  30. I heard the Osnos-on-white-nationalist-Trumpism interview with Terry Gross. The thing about it was that they said almost nothing in so many words that I thought was objectionable. Granted, there were probably one or two times when they said something like “motivated by fear” where a neutral party would have said “concerned”. It’s not so much that I think Osnos and Gross were trying to be even-handed, but I can only imagine that, in their minds, simply saying “white nationalist” or “nativist” is a smear itself, so they didn’t feel the need to put much more work into the smear.

  31. @eric
    I don't get it, help me out. Why would a guy whose family helped and was helped by Trump want to smear him?

    Replies: @CK, @Romanian

    Hand
    Feed
    Bite
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  32. The main source of publicly available information about the early history of the publication of Dreams of My Father is an article written by Peter Osnos, titled “Barack Obama and the Book Business” and published by The Century Foundation on October 30, 2006. Osnos had some personal knowledge because he was the head of the Times Press (a division of the Random House publishing company), which published Dreams of My Father in 1995. Osnos had participated in Times Press’s initial discussions with Obama and Obama’s book agent Jane Dystel about this project.

    Osnos does not say when these discussions happened, but the time frame seems to be around 1994. Based on these discussions, Osnos reported his own understanding that the book project began in about February 1990, when The New York Times had published an article about Obama, who recently had been elected president of the Harvard Law Review. According to Osnos:

    The article caught the attention of a young literary agent named Jane Dystel. A book proposal by Obama about his life was submitted to publishers and a deal was reached with Poseidon, a small imprint of Simon & Schuster, for what is known in the industry as “six figures” (about $125,000, I am told). Several years passed and Obama was too busy finishing law school and embarking on his career to get the book done. Simon & Schuster canceled the contract, which probably meant that Obama had to pay back at least some of what he had received of the advance.

    Dystel approached Henry Ferris, then a senior editor of Times Book at Random House. Ferris and I, as publisher, met with Obama, found his story fascinating, and believed he would finish the book. We paid an advance of $40,000. In June 1995, Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance was published.

    http://www.centuryinstitute.org/print.asp?type=NC&pubid=1425

    Another source of publicly available information about the book’s early history is an article written by Janny Scott, titled “The Story of Obama, Written by Obama” and published by The New York Times on May 18, 2008. Scott had interviewed Osnos for her article, but Dystel refused to be interviewed. Scott summarized the book’s early history as follows:

    Mr. Obama’s story first surfaced publicly in February 1990, when he was elected as the first black president of The Harvard Law Review. An initial wire service report described him simply as a 28-year-old, second-year student from Hawaii who had “not ruled out a future in politics”; but in the days that followed, newspaper reporters grew interested and produced long, detailed profiles of Mr. Obama.

    The coverage prompted a call to him from Jane Dystel, a gravelly-voiced literary agent described by Peter Osnos … as “a good journeyman with a hard edge.” … Ms. Dystel suggested Mr. Obama write a book proposal. Then she got him a contract with Poseidon Press, a now-defunct imprint of Simon & Schuster. When he missed his deadline, she got him another contract and a $40,000 advance from Times Books.

    Mr. Obama’s original plan was to write a book about race relations. But, sitting down to write, he found his mind “pulled toward rockier shores.” So the book became more personal — the record of an interior journey, as he put it in the introduction, “a boy’s search for his father, and through that a search for a workable meaning for his life as a black American.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/us/politics/18memoirs.html?_r=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

    Both of these articles — by Osnos and Scott — lack information from Dystel, who refused to be interviewed, and from anybody at Poseidon Press. Those articles together indicate that Obama signed a contract with Poseidon Press, which paid Obama an advance of about $125,000 in about 1990, but then Obama never received a completed manuscript to Poseidon Press and instead delivered the manuscript to Times Press in about 1994 and immediately received another advance of $40,000. Osnos speculates that Obama perhaps refunded the Poseidon Press’s $125,000 advance, but Osnos obviously does not know for sure. It seems that Poseidon Press, like Dystel, refuses to provide public information and answer questions about the book’s earliest history.

    ——–

    I speculate that the arrangement to advance money to Obama for the publication of a book was a method for the family of Bill Ayers to fund Obama secretly. At that time, the Ayers family intended to establish an educational foundation that would specialize in reforming education to improve results for African-Americans. The foundation would seek government and corporate grants and figured that such grants would be more likely if the foundation were headed by a well-credentialed African-American who had published a book about educating African-Americans.

    Obtaining such grants might become problematical, however, if it became known that Obama was a long-funded creature of the Ayers family. An appearance of Obama’s independence from the Ayers family had to be maintained. The Ayers had to give money to Obama indirectly and secretly.

    Therefore, the advance to Obama was made through a publisher that actually was a vanity publisher, not a normal publisher. A vanity publisher is paid by a book’s author to publish the book. In this case, the Ayers family paid the vanity publisher, which then advanced some of that very same money to Obama.

    Poseidon Press initially intended to specialize in publishing books on maritime subjects. For that reason, this particular publisher was chosen by Bill Ayers, who intended to write his own books about his own maritime adventures.

    ——–

    Poseidon Press was founded in 1982 by Ann Patty. At some point Poseidon Press became associated with the Simon & Schuster publishing company. Patty herself described the relationship as “an outrigger of Simon & Schuster.” (An outrigger is a boating word, meaning a device attached to one or both sides of the boat’s hull to help prevent a capsize.)

    http://archive.chronogram.com/issue/2005/03/bookshelf/

    Simon & Schuster dissolved its relationship with Poseidon Press in about July 1993. This dissolution was reported at that time by The New York Times as follows:

    Simon & Schuster’s decision to merge its Poseidon Press into its adult trade division has given rise to much speculation about the future of Poseidon and its two established editors, Ann Patty, who is also vice president and publisher, and Elaine Pfefferblit. The company said Ms. Patty would continue to publish books under the Poseidon name … although Poseidon would no longer exist as a separate corporate division. ….

    “It’s an accounting change more than anything,” said Carolyn K. Reidy, the president and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s adult trade division, who said she and Ms. Patty had been searching for months for a way to make the imprint more economically viable. …. the company had successfully found a way for Poseidon to go on, when its balance sheet did not always show profits …. “The alternative was to fold it,” said one Simon & Schuster editor, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Poseidon has been publishing about two dozen books of serious fiction and nonfiction a year, but it has no wildly best-selling authors who might have carried it along in the face of corporate pressure. … Mr. Romanos [Jack Romanos, the president of the Paramount Publishing consumer group, which owns Simon & Schuster] said the change in Poseidon was motivated simply by dollars and cents and was consistent with the company’s effort to reduce the number of books it publishes by about 14 or 15 percent over the last few years. “It was an imprint with its own overhead structure, and it simply wasn’t publishing enough or didn’t have sales high enough to support that overhead structure,” Mr. Romanos said. “It was a simple case of the numbers not adding up.”

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE2DA153EF934A35754C0A965958260

    The above excerpt’s key passage is the second sentence: “The company said Ms. Patty would continue to publish books under the Poseidon name … although Poseidon would no longer exist as a separate corporate division.”

    The sense of that sentence probably is explained by the existence of two related but separate publishing companies called Poseidon. Within Simon & Schuster there was a division called Poseidon Press that was managed but not owned by Ms. Patty. Outside of Simon & Schuster there was a company called Poseidon Books, which apparently was managed and also owned by Ms. Patty. The dissolution of Poseidon Press within Simon & Schuster in about July 1993 allowed Ms. Patty to continue to manage Poseidon Books without further interference from Simon & Schuster. The article indicates that Simon & Schuster made some concessions to Ms. Patty in this re-arrangement, but the article does not specify details.

  33. WhatEvvs [AKA "AamirKhanFan"] says:

    Interesting summation of Trump’s earlier years. But it stops in 1990. In 1991, his affair with Marla Maples blew up, spectacularly, on the ski slopes in Aspen. You think Hillary doesn’t know how to leverage this to her advantage?

  34. Romney won 59%

    Which was only because many of the whites who voted for Obama in 2008 realized what a racist he was.

  35. @eric
    I don't get it, help me out. Why would a guy whose family helped and was helped by Trump want to smear him?

    Replies: @CK, @Romanian

    Loyalty is no longer a virtue! Neither is gratitude.

  36. At the time, I happened to be reporting on extremist white-rights groups

    How did this make it past the editors? MSM style guide dictates no association whatsoever between whites and rights.

    People are so keyed-up to hop on board any movement for X group’s rights…who knows what disaster may befall us if they start thinking of white people in those terms?

  37. The dissolution of Poseidon Press within Simon & Schuster in about July 1993 allowed Ann Patty to continue to manage Poseidon Books without further interference from Simon & Schuster. What was the relationship between Poseidon Books and Poseidon Press?

    Poseidon Books still exists, but now it belongs to Zeus Publications, so Ann Patty apparently sold Poseidon Books to Zeus sometime after 1993.

    Poseidon Books is a vanity publisher, which means that it charges authors to publish their manuscripts as books. A vanity publisher does not pay an author; rather, the author pays the vanity publisher. For example, at the present time Poseidon Books will publish a book for an author if the author pays a fee of $3,950.

    http://www.poseidonbooks.com/self_publishing.htm

    ——

    I speculate that Poseidon Books was a vanity publisher associated with Poseidon Press.

    * If an author submitted a manuscript of dubious quality to Simon & Schuster, then Poseidon Books would offer to publish it as a vanity book for the author.

    * If the manuscript seemed to have real potential to earn money, then Poseidon Press would pay the author an advance and publish it as a profit-making book for Simon & Schuster.

    When Simon & Schuster dissolved Poseidon Press in July 1993, Simon & Schuster apparently conceded to allow Patty to maintain some of this relationship between Simon & Schuster and Poseidon Books. Perhaps, for example, Simon & Schuster continued to give dubious-quality manuscripts to Patty so that she could propose to the authors a vanity publication.

    A few books that were published by Poseidon Press were published initially by Poseidon Books as vanity publications. If you run a Google search for “Poseidon Books” AND “Poseidon Press” then you will find, for example, the following books that were published by both Poseidon Books and by Poseidon Press.

    * False Match, by Henry Bean, published in 1982

    * A Celebration of the Seasons: A Cook’s Almanac, by Steven Raichlen, published in 1988

    * Queen of the Summer Stars, by Persia Woolley, published in 1990

    * Wilderness, by Dennis Danvers, published in 1991

    ———–

    I speculate that Obama’s book began not as a Poseidon Press project, but rather as a Poseidon Books project. The project did not begin as a manuscript proposal initiated and submitted by Obama himself, but rather as a proposal initiated and submitted by someone else through the book agent Jane Dystel. The $125,000 advance had nothing to do with Poseidon. The advance was paid by Dystel to Obama from money paid to Dystel by the person who really initiated the proposal.

    I speculate that the $125,000 advance was a money-laundering operation designed to conceal the relationship between Obama and the person who really initiated the proposal. That person really did want Obama to write a book about race relations, but did not want anyone else to know who really had paid Obama to write the book.

    Who might that person be?

    William Ayers had received his PhD in Education from Columbia University in New York and then moved back to Chicago in 1987. In the following years, Ayers was focused mainly on the goal of establishing a foundation that would successfully obtain charitable grants to research and affect educational policy. William Ayers collaborated in this effort with his brother John Ayers, the president of an organization called Leadership for Quality Education (LQE), a corporate group that administered the umbrella Small Schools Coalition.

    catalyst-chicago.org/news/index.php?item=1723&cat=35

    Chicago’s small-schools advocates got their inspiration in New York City, where the movement began almost 25 years ago. In 1991, Alexander Polikoff, head of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), visited several small schools in Harlem and was won over. Soon after, BPI brought to Chicago a New York expert to meet with teachers, principals and school reform groups in Chicago. “That really kicked off the small schools effort in Chicago,” Polikoff says. “We said, ‘Hey, this is good stuff.’ Logically, it made good sense.”

    Polikoff then began working with University of Illinois faculty member William Ayers—his children had attended a small school in Harlem—to lead informal meetings with teachers and principals interested in setting up schools-within-schools. In 1992, Ayers, the brother of LQE’s John Ayers, got a $150,000 foundation grant to open the Small Schools Workshop, a laboratory to study and create small schools in Chicago.

    In order for the Ayers brothers to obtain more such grants, their organization would be much better positioned in its proposals if its board of directors included an African American who had published a scholarly book on the subject of race relations and education.

    ——

    In June 1993, a huge opportunity to obtain charitable grants for education proposals was announced:

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge

    In June 1993, Annenberg announced he was making the largest individual gift to private education in history—$365 million to four schools: $120 million each to the communication programs at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California, $25 million to Harvard College, and $100 million to his alma mater, the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.

    In October 1993, Annenberg announced an unrestricted $25 million gift to Northwestern University bringing his total donations to Northwestern to $55 million, his last major gift to higher education for five years as he shifted the focus of his philanthropy to public K–12 education.

    Annenberg told Newton Minow, senior counsel of Sidley & Austin, chairman of the Carnegie Corporation (1993–1997), Annenberg Professor of Communications Law and Policy at Northwestern University (1987–2003) and director of its Annenberg Washington Program (1987–1996): “Everybody around the world wants to send their kids to our universities. South America, Asia, Europe, all of them. But nobody wants to send their kids here to public school. Who would, especially in a big city? Nobody. So we’ve got to do something. If we don’t, our civilization will collapse.”

    In mid-1993, however, Obama still had not finished his book about race relations and education — a book for which he had been paid a $125,000 advance in 1990. Now in 1963, however, it was extremely urgent that Obama finish such a book in order to become a valuable resource on the board of directors of an organization applying for an Annenberg grant. Therefore, Ayers took the project into his own hands. Ayers re-designed and ghost-wrote the manuscript during 1994.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Mike Sylwester

    Obama was a hot property in the media from early 1990 onward when he was elected first black editor/president of the Harvard Law Review:

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html

    Obama's agent pitched Obama to a publisher as, "I am bringing you a book by the man who will be the first black president of the United States," according to Peter Osnos, who became his editor.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/01/27/the-making-of-the-book-that-made-obama.html

    So, a lot of people were interested in Obama besides just Bill Ayers. That doesn't mean Ayers didn't help him out along the way, just that a lot of important people were invested in promoting the career of Obama.

  38. In mid-1993, Barack Obama still had not finished his book about race relations and education — a book for which he had been paid a $125,000 advance in 1990. Now in 1963, however, it was extremely urgent that Obama finish such a book in order to become a valuable resource on the board of directors of an organization applying for an Annenberg grant. Therefore, Ayers took the project into his own hands. Ayers re-designed and ghost-wrote the manuscript during 1994.

    During 1994, as the manuscript approached completion, Obama was appointed to two boards of directors — of the Woods Fund and of the Joyce Foundation. In 1995, when the book was published, he was appointed also to the board of directors of the Chicago Annanberg Challenge (CAC).

    CAC’s founder William Ayers had submitted a draft proposal for an Annenberg grant in June 1994 and a final proposal in December 1994. Subsequently the Annenberg Foundation awarded a $49 million check to the CAC in January 1995. This $49 million matched $49 million in other donations that the CAC had arranged. In order to distribute the $98 million, the CAC established a board of directors, headed by Obama.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge

    An 8-member Board of Directors made up of representatives of organizations that had no vested interest in Annenberg money was recruited to approve grants, hire an executive director and project staff, and determine which funds could count towards the required $98.4 million match.

    The Board of Directors was handpicked by Adele Smith Simmons, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation …. At a meeting with Simmons and Patricia Albjerg Graham, Deborah Leff suggested that Barack Obama would make a good board chairman. After meeting and being impressed by Obama, Graham told Obama that she wanted him to be chairman of the Board of Directors. Obama said that he would agree to serve as chairman if Graham would be vice chairman, to which Graham agreed. ….

    On June 22, 1995, [the same month when Dreams of My Father was published] the Chicago Annenberg Challenge announced the members of its Board of Directors ….

    ========

    I think that Obama’s book project that began with the Poseidon contract in 1990 had the purpose of qualifying Obama for a seat on the Board of Directors of the education organization that Bill Ayers and his brother had established. At first, the book was supposed to be about some idea combining education, race and law, but Obama was not able to write such a book that would earn academic praise. You’d think that Ayers (an educator), Dohrn (a lawyer) and Obama (an African American lawyer) would be able in collaboration to complete such a book, but apparently they couldn’t do so within a year or so. And so the writing project turned into an autobiography that could be finished in a year.

    The Ayers brothers’ organization was eclipsed by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was able to assemble a heavy-weight Board of Directors that didn’t depend so much on Obama’s status. In the CAC, Obama was just icing on the cake in the CAC’s leadership. Obama’s autobiography was good enough to get him into the CAC leadership, even though his autobiography was not good enough to impress the educational establishment that his self-centered opinions about education deserved serious consideration among professionals.

    In other words, we have to imagine Ayers’ and Obama’s original intentions for the book’s purpose without the Annenberg Challenge, which appeared unexpectedly and significantly altered the situation. Before the Annenberg Challenge became available, the Ayers brothers were trying to develop an organization that could compete for ordinary grants for educational-reforms proposals, and a Board of Directors featuring Barack Obama was a key element in their business strategy.

    ——-

    My own father is a retired professor of elementary education who had a very successful career and was involved in winning, administering and evaluating financial grants for educational reforms at the University of Oregon, which was one of the USA’s very highest-ranking universities in the field of elementary education. When I have talked to him about Ayers, Obama and CAC, he said that a mere associate professor like Bill Ayers ever could win and control such an enormous financial grant. Such a grant would be awarded only to a group that adequately represents all major groups in the educational and political establishment. You’d have to assemble a Board of Directors with a lot of establishment clout to win and administer such a huge grant.

    My father said that if Annenberg had given millions of dollars to a kooky, ex-terrorist associate professor like Ayers, then the entire educational establishment all over the USA would have raised a huge stink. There are too many heavy-weight professors and prestigious universities competing for the same money.

    That’s why Ayers had to surround himself with other, respectable, high-ranking professionals and why he concealed his own role in Obama’s life. If Dreams From My Father had depicted the Ayers family’s real role, then anyone who read it might conclude that Obama was merely the Ayers’ puppet. Anybody who opposed Ayers in such an educational-grant administering organization would oppose Obama too. Therefore Ayers was motivated to maintain a fiction even then — long before Obama became involved in politics — that Obama was completely independent of Ayers.

    This is especially true when the organization was just the organization that the two Ayers brothers ran. If these two brothers put Obama on their Board of Directors and then other people read Obama’s book and saw that Obama was essentially Bill Ayers’ ersatz little brother, then the people would say it’s not an independent Board of Directors.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Mike Sylwester

    I discovered that the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, nominally headed by Obama, and some kind of educational organization headed by William Ayers had the same mailing address: not just street address, but floor address, too.

    One of Ayers' brothers, who had also had to go on the lam for years, got a million dollar grant from Bill Gates about a decade or so ago to build "small learning communities" at Berkeley HS.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Mike Sylwester


    If Dreams From My Father had depicted the Ayers family’s real role, then anyone who read it might conclude that Obama was merely the Ayers’ puppet.
     
    There's also the intriguing possibility that Bill and Barry are related, perhaps fifth or sixth cousins. Obama's half-percentile of Yankee blood was channeled through Woodbridge, NJ, where one of the major founding families was Ayers. I was able to trace Ayers's ancestry five or six generations to the adjacent county to the south.
  39. @Ttjy
    @Shouting Thomas

    It is a joke when white people can't look out for themselves, especially in a country that is less and less white.

    There is one story after another trying to destroy Trump. I really hope he wins.

    He is really the last hope. It seems crazy to say that, but if Hillary or most of the other Republicans win there will be no stopping immigration and the destruction of this country.

    It may already be to late with the demographics the way they are, but it will definitely be over if Trump loses.

    The elites in the US and Europe are truly disgusting.

    Replies: @Tony

    What about Jeb? Relax, just kidding.

  40. Trump is running in the Republican primaries.

    In some states over 90% of the whites vote Republican.

    So who is the target group to be scared away from Trump?

  41. I find it quite useful that Osnos has now introduced New Yorker readers to Jared Taylor, Richard Spencer, etc., names they have likely never heard of before. Maybe a handful of them will be curious enough to look up some of the “hate” writing, and perhaps an eye or two will be opened.

  42. @Mike Sylwester
    In mid-1993, Barack Obama still had not finished his book about race relations and education — a book for which he had been paid a $125,000 advance in 1990. Now in 1963, however, it was extremely urgent that Obama finish such a book in order to become a valuable resource on the board of directors of an organization applying for an Annenberg grant. Therefore, Ayers took the project into his own hands. Ayers re-designed and ghost-wrote the manuscript during 1994.

    During 1994, as the manuscript approached completion, Obama was appointed to two boards of directors — of the Woods Fund and of the Joyce Foundation. In 1995, when the book was published, he was appointed also to the board of directors of the Chicago Annanberg Challenge (CAC).

    CAC’s founder William Ayers had submitted a draft proposal for an Annenberg grant in June 1994 and a final proposal in December 1994. Subsequently the Annenberg Foundation awarded a $49 million check to the CAC in January 1995. This $49 million matched $49 million in other donations that the CAC had arranged. In order to distribute the $98 million, the CAC established a board of directors, headed by Obama.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge


    An 8-member Board of Directors made up of representatives of organizations that had no vested interest in Annenberg money was recruited to approve grants, hire an executive director and project staff, and determine which funds could count towards the required $98.4 million match.

    The Board of Directors was handpicked by Adele Smith Simmons, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation …. At a meeting with Simmons and Patricia Albjerg Graham, Deborah Leff suggested that Barack Obama would make a good board chairman. After meeting and being impressed by Obama, Graham told Obama that she wanted him to be chairman of the Board of Directors. Obama said that he would agree to serve as chairman if Graham would be vice chairman, to which Graham agreed. ….

    On June 22, 1995, [the same month when Dreams of My Father was published] the Chicago Annenberg Challenge announced the members of its Board of Directors ….
     

    ========

    I think that Obama's book project that began with the Poseidon contract in 1990 had the purpose of qualifying Obama for a seat on the Board of Directors of the education organization that Bill Ayers and his brother had established. At first, the book was supposed to be about some idea combining education, race and law, but Obama was not able to write such a book that would earn academic praise. You'd think that Ayers (an educator), Dohrn (a lawyer) and Obama (an African American lawyer) would be able in collaboration to complete such a book, but apparently they couldn't do so within a year or so. And so the writing project turned into an autobiography that could be finished in a year.

    The Ayers brothers' organization was eclipsed by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was able to assemble a heavy-weight Board of Directors that didn't depend so much on Obama's status. In the CAC, Obama was just icing on the cake in the CAC's leadership. Obama's autobiography was good enough to get him into the CAC leadership, even though his autobiography was not good enough to impress the educational establishment that his self-centered opinions about education deserved serious consideration among professionals.

    In other words, we have to imagine Ayers' and Obama's original intentions for the book's purpose without the Annenberg Challenge, which appeared unexpectedly and significantly altered the situation. Before the Annenberg Challenge became available, the Ayers brothers were trying to develop an organization that could compete for ordinary grants for educational-reforms proposals, and a Board of Directors featuring Barack Obama was a key element in their business strategy.

    -------

    My own father is a retired professor of elementary education who had a very successful career and was involved in winning, administering and evaluating financial grants for educational reforms at the University of Oregon, which was one of the USA's very highest-ranking universities in the field of elementary education. When I have talked to him about Ayers, Obama and CAC, he said that a mere associate professor like Bill Ayers ever could win and control such an enormous financial grant. Such a grant would be awarded only to a group that adequately represents all major groups in the educational and political establishment. You'd have to assemble a Board of Directors with a lot of establishment clout to win and administer such a huge grant.

    My father said that if Annenberg had given millions of dollars to a kooky, ex-terrorist associate professor like Ayers, then the entire educational establishment all over the USA would have raised a huge stink. There are too many heavy-weight professors and prestigious universities competing for the same money.

    That's why Ayers had to surround himself with other, respectable, high-ranking professionals and why he concealed his own role in Obama's life. If Dreams From My Father had depicted the Ayers family's real role, then anyone who read it might conclude that Obama was merely the Ayers' puppet. Anybody who opposed Ayers in such an educational-grant administering organization would oppose Obama too. Therefore Ayers was motivated to maintain a fiction even then -- long before Obama became involved in politics -- that Obama was completely independent of Ayers.

    This is especially true when the organization was just the organization that the two Ayers brothers ran. If these two brothers put Obama on their Board of Directors and then other people read Obama's book and saw that Obama was essentially Bill Ayers' ersatz little brother, then the people would say it's not an independent Board of Directors.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Reg Cæsar

    I discovered that the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, nominally headed by Obama, and some kind of educational organization headed by William Ayers had the same mailing address: not just street address, but floor address, too.

    One of Ayers’ brothers, who had also had to go on the lam for years, got a million dollar grant from Bill Gates about a decade or so ago to build “small learning communities” at Berkeley HS.

  43. @Mike Sylwester
    The dissolution of Poseidon Press within Simon & Schuster in about July 1993 allowed Ann Patty to continue to manage Poseidon Books without further interference from Simon & Schuster. What was the relationship between Poseidon Books and Poseidon Press?

    Poseidon Books still exists, but now it belongs to Zeus Publications, so Ann Patty apparently sold Poseidon Books to Zeus sometime after 1993.

    Poseidon Books is a vanity publisher, which means that it charges authors to publish their manuscripts as books. A vanity publisher does not pay an author; rather, the author pays the vanity publisher. For example, at the present time Poseidon Books will publish a book for an author if the author pays a fee of $3,950.

    http://www.poseidonbooks.com/self_publishing.htm

    ------

    I speculate that Poseidon Books was a vanity publisher associated with Poseidon Press.

    * If an author submitted a manuscript of dubious quality to Simon & Schuster, then Poseidon Books would offer to publish it as a vanity book for the author.

    * If the manuscript seemed to have real potential to earn money, then Poseidon Press would pay the author an advance and publish it as a profit-making book for Simon & Schuster.

    When Simon & Schuster dissolved Poseidon Press in July 1993, Simon & Schuster apparently conceded to allow Patty to maintain some of this relationship between Simon & Schuster and Poseidon Books. Perhaps, for example, Simon & Schuster continued to give dubious-quality manuscripts to Patty so that she could propose to the authors a vanity publication.

    A few books that were published by Poseidon Press were published initially by Poseidon Books as vanity publications. If you run a Google search for "Poseidon Books" AND "Poseidon Press" then you will find, for example, the following books that were published by both Poseidon Books and by Poseidon Press.

    * False Match, by Henry Bean, published in 1982

    * A Celebration of the Seasons: A Cook's Almanac, by Steven Raichlen, published in 1988

    * Queen of the Summer Stars, by Persia Woolley, published in 1990

    * Wilderness, by Dennis Danvers, published in 1991

    -----------

    I speculate that Obama's book began not as a Poseidon Press project, but rather as a Poseidon Books project. The project did not begin as a manuscript proposal initiated and submitted by Obama himself, but rather as a proposal initiated and submitted by someone else through the book agent Jane Dystel. The $125,000 advance had nothing to do with Poseidon. The advance was paid by Dystel to Obama from money paid to Dystel by the person who really initiated the proposal.

    I speculate that the $125,000 advance was a money-laundering operation designed to conceal the relationship between Obama and the person who really initiated the proposal. That person really did want Obama to write a book about race relations, but did not want anyone else to know who really had paid Obama to write the book.

    Who might that person be?

    William Ayers had received his PhD in Education from Columbia University in New York and then moved back to Chicago in 1987. In the following years, Ayers was focused mainly on the goal of establishing a foundation that would successfully obtain charitable grants to research and affect educational policy. William Ayers collaborated in this effort with his brother John Ayers, the president of an organization called Leadership for Quality Education (LQE), a corporate group that administered the umbrella Small Schools Coalition.

    catalyst-chicago.org/news/index.php?item=1723&cat=35


    Chicago’s small-schools advocates got their inspiration in New York City, where the movement began almost 25 years ago. In 1991, Alexander Polikoff, head of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), visited several small schools in Harlem and was won over. Soon after, BPI brought to Chicago a New York expert to meet with teachers, principals and school reform groups in Chicago. “That really kicked off the small schools effort in Chicago,” Polikoff says. “We said, ‘Hey, this is good stuff.’ Logically, it made good sense.”

    Polikoff then began working with University of Illinois faculty member William Ayers—his children had attended a small school in Harlem—to lead informal meetings with teachers and principals interested in setting up schools-within-schools. In 1992, Ayers, the brother of LQE’s John Ayers, got a $150,000 foundation grant to open the Small Schools Workshop, a laboratory to study and create small schools in Chicago.
     

    In order for the Ayers brothers to obtain more such grants, their organization would be much better positioned in its proposals if its board of directors included an African American who had published a scholarly book on the subject of race relations and education.

    ------

    In June 1993, a huge opportunity to obtain charitable grants for education proposals was announced:

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge


    In June 1993, Annenberg announced he was making the largest individual gift to private education in history—$365 million to four schools: $120 million each to the communication programs at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California, $25 million to Harvard College, and $100 million to his alma mater, the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.

    In October 1993, Annenberg announced an unrestricted $25 million gift to Northwestern University bringing his total donations to Northwestern to $55 million, his last major gift to higher education for five years as he shifted the focus of his philanthropy to public K–12 education.

    Annenberg told Newton Minow, senior counsel of Sidley & Austin, chairman of the Carnegie Corporation (1993–1997), Annenberg Professor of Communications Law and Policy at Northwestern University (1987–2003) and director of its Annenberg Washington Program (1987–1996): “Everybody around the world wants to send their kids to our universities. South America, Asia, Europe, all of them. But nobody wants to send their kids here to public school. Who would, especially in a big city? Nobody. So we’ve got to do something. If we don’t, our civilization will collapse.”
     

    In mid-1993, however, Obama still had not finished his book about race relations and education — a book for which he had been paid a $125,000 advance in 1990. Now in 1963, however, it was extremely urgent that Obama finish such a book in order to become a valuable resource on the board of directors of an organization applying for an Annenberg grant. Therefore, Ayers took the project into his own hands. Ayers re-designed and ghost-wrote the manuscript during 1994.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Obama was a hot property in the media from early 1990 onward when he was elected first black editor/president of the Harvard Law Review:

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html

    Obama’s agent pitched Obama to a publisher as, “I am bringing you a book by the man who will be the first black president of the United States,” according to Peter Osnos, who became his editor.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/01/27/the-making-of-the-book-that-made-obama.html

    So, a lot of people were interested in Obama besides just Bill Ayers. That doesn’t mean Ayers didn’t help him out along the way, just that a lot of important people were invested in promoting the career of Obama.

  44. Who will the nice folks from the New Black Panther Party be voting for in the next election? Are the SPLC interested in that?

  45. Also, don’t you have to commit some serious crime to be considered an “extremist” like Nidal Hassan or Timothy McVeigh ? How does simply having a differing view from the elites make you an extremist? The word just doesn’t fit for men like Taylor and Spencer.

  46. @Mike Sylwester
    In mid-1993, Barack Obama still had not finished his book about race relations and education — a book for which he had been paid a $125,000 advance in 1990. Now in 1963, however, it was extremely urgent that Obama finish such a book in order to become a valuable resource on the board of directors of an organization applying for an Annenberg grant. Therefore, Ayers took the project into his own hands. Ayers re-designed and ghost-wrote the manuscript during 1994.

    During 1994, as the manuscript approached completion, Obama was appointed to two boards of directors — of the Woods Fund and of the Joyce Foundation. In 1995, when the book was published, he was appointed also to the board of directors of the Chicago Annanberg Challenge (CAC).

    CAC’s founder William Ayers had submitted a draft proposal for an Annenberg grant in June 1994 and a final proposal in December 1994. Subsequently the Annenberg Foundation awarded a $49 million check to the CAC in January 1995. This $49 million matched $49 million in other donations that the CAC had arranged. In order to distribute the $98 million, the CAC established a board of directors, headed by Obama.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge


    An 8-member Board of Directors made up of representatives of organizations that had no vested interest in Annenberg money was recruited to approve grants, hire an executive director and project staff, and determine which funds could count towards the required $98.4 million match.

    The Board of Directors was handpicked by Adele Smith Simmons, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation …. At a meeting with Simmons and Patricia Albjerg Graham, Deborah Leff suggested that Barack Obama would make a good board chairman. After meeting and being impressed by Obama, Graham told Obama that she wanted him to be chairman of the Board of Directors. Obama said that he would agree to serve as chairman if Graham would be vice chairman, to which Graham agreed. ….

    On June 22, 1995, [the same month when Dreams of My Father was published] the Chicago Annenberg Challenge announced the members of its Board of Directors ….
     

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    I think that Obama's book project that began with the Poseidon contract in 1990 had the purpose of qualifying Obama for a seat on the Board of Directors of the education organization that Bill Ayers and his brother had established. At first, the book was supposed to be about some idea combining education, race and law, but Obama was not able to write such a book that would earn academic praise. You'd think that Ayers (an educator), Dohrn (a lawyer) and Obama (an African American lawyer) would be able in collaboration to complete such a book, but apparently they couldn't do so within a year or so. And so the writing project turned into an autobiography that could be finished in a year.

    The Ayers brothers' organization was eclipsed by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was able to assemble a heavy-weight Board of Directors that didn't depend so much on Obama's status. In the CAC, Obama was just icing on the cake in the CAC's leadership. Obama's autobiography was good enough to get him into the CAC leadership, even though his autobiography was not good enough to impress the educational establishment that his self-centered opinions about education deserved serious consideration among professionals.

    In other words, we have to imagine Ayers' and Obama's original intentions for the book's purpose without the Annenberg Challenge, which appeared unexpectedly and significantly altered the situation. Before the Annenberg Challenge became available, the Ayers brothers were trying to develop an organization that could compete for ordinary grants for educational-reforms proposals, and a Board of Directors featuring Barack Obama was a key element in their business strategy.

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    My own father is a retired professor of elementary education who had a very successful career and was involved in winning, administering and evaluating financial grants for educational reforms at the University of Oregon, which was one of the USA's very highest-ranking universities in the field of elementary education. When I have talked to him about Ayers, Obama and CAC, he said that a mere associate professor like Bill Ayers ever could win and control such an enormous financial grant. Such a grant would be awarded only to a group that adequately represents all major groups in the educational and political establishment. You'd have to assemble a Board of Directors with a lot of establishment clout to win and administer such a huge grant.

    My father said that if Annenberg had given millions of dollars to a kooky, ex-terrorist associate professor like Ayers, then the entire educational establishment all over the USA would have raised a huge stink. There are too many heavy-weight professors and prestigious universities competing for the same money.

    That's why Ayers had to surround himself with other, respectable, high-ranking professionals and why he concealed his own role in Obama's life. If Dreams From My Father had depicted the Ayers family's real role, then anyone who read it might conclude that Obama was merely the Ayers' puppet. Anybody who opposed Ayers in such an educational-grant administering organization would oppose Obama too. Therefore Ayers was motivated to maintain a fiction even then -- long before Obama became involved in politics -- that Obama was completely independent of Ayers.

    This is especially true when the organization was just the organization that the two Ayers brothers ran. If these two brothers put Obama on their Board of Directors and then other people read Obama's book and saw that Obama was essentially Bill Ayers' ersatz little brother, then the people would say it's not an independent Board of Directors.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Reg Cæsar

    If Dreams From My Father had depicted the Ayers family’s real role, then anyone who read it might conclude that Obama was merely the Ayers’ puppet.

    There’s also the intriguing possibility that Bill and Barry are related, perhaps fifth or sixth cousins. Obama’s half-percentile of Yankee blood was channeled through Woodbridge, NJ, where one of the major founding families was Ayers. I was able to trace Ayers’s ancestry five or six generations to the adjacent county to the south.

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