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Author: Ronald Radosh Narrator: Yuri Rasovsky Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781481568456
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Ronald Radosh’s earliest memory is of being trundled off to a May Day demonstration by his Communist parents. Radosh grew up in the parallel universe of American Communism, and when he entered the University of Wisconsin in the late 1950s, he became a founding father of the New Left and emerged as one of its leaders in the sixties.

But if Commies is an intimate social history of the American Left over the past half-century, it is also a compelling story of a crisis of radical faith. In the early eighties, Radosh wrote the groundbreaking work The Rosenberg File, intending to prove that the martyrs were innocent—but after examining government files, he became convinced of the Rosenbergs’ guilt. As the publication of his book provoked attacks and blacklisting from his former friends in the Left, Radosh began to question his past allegiances.

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  • “His encounters with Tom Hayden, Staughton Lynd, Herbert Marcuse, Abbie Hoffman, and other celebrities of the anti-Vietnam Left bring back the heady days of ’60s protest.”

    New York Times

  • “Radosh’s memoir is a valuable addition to the literature of leftist intellectual disillusionment.”

    National Review

  • “Radosh captures well the times and personalities of his journey…He both entertains and engages in this unusual, heartfelt memoir.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Less than half as long as his friend David Horowitz’s similar Radical Son, Radosh’s memoir is less anguished and less polemical, more personable, and…more readable.”


  • “Fascinating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bur | 3/2/2017

    " Mr. Radosh begins as a red baby being strollered through NY's May Day parade by his mother, and ends as a reformed commie, rebuked and ignored by some former friends disappointed in his turn of politics. The story of his change is most interesting. Reading his reasoning as he grew and learned what communism means and represents helps formulate my own thoughts. His education was an education for me. Well written and engrossing and well performed. Highly recommended. "

About the Author

Yuri Rasovsky (1944–2012) won wide critical acclaim during his forty-year career as an audio dramatist, writer, producer, and director. His numerous honors included two Peabody Awards, nine Audie Awards, and a Grammy. In 2011, his production for Blackstone, The Mark of Zorro, was nominated for a Grammy. His final production for Blackstone before his death was Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You! He has left behind an incredible legacy.

About the Narrator

Alexandre Dumas fils (1824–1895), was the illegitimate son of Alexandre Dumas, père, who followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a celebrated author and playwright. In 1831 his father legally recognized him and ensured the young Dumas received the best education possible at the Institution Goubaux and the Collège Bourbon. At that time, the law allowed the elder Dumas to take the child away from his mother. Her agony inspired Dumas fils to write about tragic female characters. In almost all of his writings, he emphasized the moral purpose of literature and in his 1858 play, Le fils Naturel (The Illegitimate Son), he espoused the belief that if a man fathers an illegitimate child, then he has an obligation to legitimize the child and marry the woman. In 1844 Dumas, fils, moved to Saint-Germain-en-Laye. There, he met Marie Duplessis, a young courtesan who would be the inspiration for his romantic novel, Camille (La Dame aux Camillas).