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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Dreadful - Should be Blacklisted, 28 Jan 2008
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W. JAMES (Manningtree, Essex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hollywood on Trial: McCarthyism in Hollywood (Hardcover)
A potentially promising subject has been turned into possibly the worst book I have ever read. Lacking in any narrative structure or logic, providing no insight or perspective into the events or personalities and leaving the reader annoyed at the reams of superfluous rubbish trotted out by the mindless hack who wrote this utter garbage, it is an insult to the many exceptional writers and artists deeply impacted by this dark time in American history.

I cannot recall reading a book as bad as this in twenty years....if you don't believe me, here are two of many exceptions of lazy journalism in this book - the following are, well, exceptional ....

Exhibit A : (Page 209, regarding the studio moguls)..."If anyone's word was law it was theirs. Except when they got scared. Which is why, until America entered World War Two, there were virtually no anti-Nazi movies. Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' was an honourable exception ...."

And then a mere seven pages later, on Page 216 ..... "If anyone's word was law at this time, it was that of the moguls. Except when they got scared. Until America entered World War Two, there were virtually no anti-Nazi movies. Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' was an honourable exception"

Exhibit B : (Page 231, regarding Robert Rossen, blacklisted director)..." 'Some say' Maintains his daughter 'that he died of shame. My father never got over the shame of giving names'"

and then on Page 260 : " 'Some say he died of his shame, the mythology of the Left. My father never got over the shame of giving names' "

Avoid this book like the HUAC pink slips....!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Impassioned Inarticulate Rant! Poor Poor Poor!!!, 30 Aug 2007
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nmollo (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hollywood on Trial: McCarthyism in Hollywood (Hardcover)
"Hollywood on Trial" by Michael Freedman is a very poor attempt at highlighting this shameful period in American History. It is like watching a familiar film with scenes either cut or placed out of sequence. The problem lies in the fact that the author jumps from one period to another with wild abandon and as a result you never get an idea of what is really going on.

Freedman's writing is also extremely repetitive. He quotes an actor and then uses the same quote only a few pages later. You keep saying to yourself "Didn't I just read that?"

He interviews family members that were obviously too young to know what was going on. He hardly mentions McCarthy's involvement in this period or other key figures like John Wayne or Ward Bond. This book is certainly not a reliable history of that era, which is what I wanted and assumed I had bought, but an impassioned inarticulate rant. I cannot tell you the amount of times this book repeats, "it destroyed peoples lives!"

Lest the author is thought of as unintelligent he throws in the odd obscure word and constructs an overly complicated sentence. This obvious intellectual insecurity is not a pleasure for the reader. In fact it just makes you want to toss the book aside and reach for one by Kevin Brownlow.
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