Journalist and photographer Albert Eugene Kahn was born May 11, 1912 in London to an affluent politically conservative Jewish family. He was educated in the United States, attending Dartmouth College where he graduated in 1932. In 1934 he married Henriette Warner and moved to California.
At the height of the Great Depression, Kahn volunteered to lead an ambulance tour to raise money for Loyalist forces fighting in the Spanish Civil War. It was during this tour he was exposed to the vast economic differences around the country which greatly affected him, and in 1938 he joined the Communist Party of the United States.
Kahn founded The Hour, a newsletter which worked to expose Nazi espionage, sabotage and propaganda operations in the United States. In 1941, after investigating the America First Committee for The Hour, Kahn collaborated with Russell Davenport on a book which purported to expose the Nazi ties of the anti-war organization. When the America First Committee dissolved after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kahn moved onto writing Sabotage! The Secret War Against America, co-authored with Michael Sayers and published in 1942. Kahn and Sayers continued to collaborated on two more works, The Plot Against Peace (1945) and The Great Conspiracy: The Secret War Against Soviet Russia (1946).
In the late 1940s, Kahn was blacklisted from mainstream publishing in the United States due to being an outspoken opponent of the Cold War. He continued writing political works, along with biographies and memoirs until his death of a heart attack on September 17, 1979.