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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Radosh, Allis Radosh Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455192885
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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 and how it victimized political innocents. But Ronald and Allis Radosh tell for the first time the “backstory” behind this myth. They show how the Soviet Comintern targeted the film capital in the late 1920s, taking us inside the cells and discussion groups that Communist Party members formed, the guilds and unions they tried to take over, and the studios they aimed to influence. The authors demonstrate that many of the screenwriters who later became part of the Hollywood Ten in fact succeeded in using film as a propaganda medium on behalf of the Soviet cause. While others were lionizing them as blameless victims of American nativism and paranoia, 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.

Getting behind the denial and apologetics, Ronald and Allis Radosh tell the real story of one of the most discussed but least understood episodes in our political history, whose long half-life continues to influence the equally turbulent cultural politics of today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ronald and Allis Radosh give us a sobering, straightforward, scrupulously researched account of the Communist Party’s actual goal.”

    Tom Wolfe

  • “With meticulous and thorough citations, many of them new, the Radoshes follow the Hollywood Reds, fellow travelers and naifs as they dance to the Kremlin’s tune.”

    New York Times

  • “A thoroughly researched investigation of the communist controversy in Hollywood that has divided America for more than half a century.”

    John Patrick Diggins, Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York

  • Red Star Over Hollywood is a cool, objective, well-researched and highly readable study of the effects the HUAC.”

    Richard Schickel

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dean Anderson | 4/27/2013

    " Yes Virginia, there were communists in Hollywood. Fun to read about how Reagan was shaped by his battles with them as union president. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 3/31/2012

    " A fine book detailing the communist influence in Hollywood. The type of book that makes you realize that the situation in Hollywood is no different today as it was in the middle of the last century. Strongly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeff | 9/28/2010

    " A ham-handed attempt at the links between the Communist movement and Hollywood, I didn't even really finish it because it annoyed me so much. Grr. "

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About the Author

Ronald Radosh’s books include The Rosenberg File (with Joyce Milton); Divided They Fell: The Demise of the Democratic Party, 1964-1996; and The Amerasia Spy Case: Prelude to McCarthyism. Mr. Radosh lives with his wife and son in the Washington, DC, area.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.