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"So what has all this to do with the fate of the American left or American liberalism? Any movement that does not own up to its past hobbles its future. These flanks are still enchanted with the suicidal heroism of the self-deluded Hollywood communists. This twisted syndrome did not stop with apologetics and excuses for Stalinism. It continues with the tortured explanations and barely disguised extenuations for the Muslim terror war against democratic and civil society. The Radoshes have written a wise, honest, and perceptive book." Martin Peretz, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Until now, Hollywood's political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the "nightmare" of the Red Scare. But in "Red Star over Hollywood, Ronald and Allis Radosh show that the real drama of that era lay in the large number of movie stars who joined the Communist Party and made it the focus of their political and social lives, and in the party's impact on filmmaking. Using material from the papers of Dalton Trumbo, Dore Schary, Melvyn Douglas and other Hollywood insiders, the authors trace the growth of the Communist Party from the 1920s, when stars like Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx toured the Soviet Union and came back converted, through the 1930s and the war years, when the party achieved critical mass in Hollywood. The Radoshes' most controversial discovery is that during the investigations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, while others were lionizing them as blameless victims of a vicious blacklist, the Hollywood Reds themselves were beset by doubts and disagreements about their disloyalty to America and their treatment by the Communist Party. One case study, for example, reveals how actor John Garfield, still praised by former comrades as a victim of HUAC's "witch-hunt," had actually come to see the Communists as a sinister force in Hollywood and decided to testify against them shortly before his death. "Red Star over Hollywood opens up the cells and discussion groups that defined Hollywood radicalism. Ronald and Allis Radosh also bring their story into the present, describing how the men and women who agitated for communism a half-century ago created, a legacy used by Jane Fonda and others in the Hollywood Left of the 1960s,and by figures such as Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn in the turbulent filmland politics of today.

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In an attempt to vindicate the McCarthy attacks half a century ago, Ronald (Hudson Institute) and writer Allis describe the nefarious influence of the Communist Party in the film industry, and explain that all the sensible people had long since become disillusioned with the left by the time the House Unamerican Activities Committee came to town.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Until now, Hollywood's political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the Red Scare. But Ronald and Allis Radosh show that the real drama of that era lay in the story of the movie stars, directors and especially screenwriters who joined the Communist Party or traveled in its orbit, and made the Party the focus of their political and social lives. The authors' most controversial discovery is that during the investigations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the Hollywood Reds themselves were beset by doubts and disagreements about their disloyalty to America, and their own treatment by the Communist Party. Abandoned by their old CP allies, they faced the Blacklist alone.

Synopsis:

Using material from Hollywood insiders, the authors trace the growth of the Communist Party from the 1920s, when stars like Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx toured the Soviet Union and came back converted, through the 1930s and the war years, when the party achieved critical mass in Hollywood.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781893554962
Author:
Radosh, Ronald
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Author:
Radosh, Allis
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Communism and motion pictures -- United States.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
309
Dimensions:
9.22 x 6.46 in 23 oz

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Product details 309 pages Encounter Books - English 9781893554962 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "So what has all this to do with the fate of the American left or American liberalism? Any movement that does not own up to its past hobbles its future. These flanks are still enchanted with the suicidal heroism of the self-deluded Hollywood communists. This twisted syndrome did not stop with apologetics and excuses for Stalinism. It continues with the tortured explanations and barely disguised extenuations for the Muslim terror war against democratic and civil society. The Radoshes have written a wise, honest, and perceptive book." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by ,
Until now, Hollywood's political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the Red Scare. But Ronald and Allis Radosh show that the real drama of that era lay in the story of the movie stars, directors and especially screenwriters who joined the Communist Party or traveled in its orbit, and made the Party the focus of their political and social lives. The authors' most controversial discovery is that during the investigations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the Hollywood Reds themselves were beset by doubts and disagreements about their disloyalty to America, and their own treatment by the Communist Party. Abandoned by their old CP allies, they faced the Blacklist alone.
"Synopsis" by , Using material from Hollywood insiders, the authors trace the growth of the Communist Party from the 1920s, when stars like Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx toured the Soviet Union and came back converted, through the 1930s and the war years, when the party achieved critical mass in Hollywood.
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