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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779092
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott on 25 April 2011
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A really excellent book on a period of Hollywood history most of the industry would rather forget. Growing up with films I knew who the stars were but little about the writers or directors Watching Larry Parks in the two Jolson films I thought here was Al Jolson and didn't understand why he didn't gain any awards or go on to greater things. I later read about the blacklistings and much later when I read other books about this period. Michael Freedland knew many of these people and as almost an insider got them to talk about the terrible times they experienced. They were not allowed to work,a fook there own life others struggled on. Household names to most filmgoers struggled to get work and many had to wait years to get back into the industry. Careers were wrecked. Some came over to the UK and worked in our developing television industry.
A really important book for the history of American film and TV.
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Compared with Socialism in a Sceptical Age - perfect - McCarrthy period in Hollywood my Thing. Keep me informed
Gloria
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Eales on 28 Feb. 2011
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A very interesting book on the "witch-trials" in Hollywood. It is concise, coming in at about 270 pages, and seems to be a good, accessible overview of the events of the times. The author focuses less on the details of the trials, and more on the personal lives of those who were called before the "House of Un-American Activities" and often blacklisted. There are numerous tales of the broken friendships, ruined careers, and broken lives that resulted from the process, and it remains a chilling example of how the climate of fear and anxiety during those first years of the Cold War developed into a sort of political extremism where even in the "Land of the Free" a person was not free to think and talk as they wished. A scary and pertinent example of just how much the State, if permitted, can infiltrate beyond our finances, right into our hearts and minds.
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