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Impassioned Inarticulate Rant! Poor Poor Poor!!!,
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.