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Author: Eric Bentley Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Skyboat Media Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781482999594
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A chilling reenactment of the federal government’s anti-Communist investigations

Eric Bentley has chosen highlights from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee to demonstrate HUAC’s focus on artists, intellectuals, and performers. Volume 1: 1938–1948 includes the testimonies of Hallie Flanagan, Ayn Rand, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Bertolt Brecht and many others. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We have Bentley to thank for this bittersweet vaudeville show, this congressional cabaret of the absurd, this peptic epic…What he has done is give us HUAC as spectacle, and the perspective is shattering.”

    New York Times

  • “[Portrays] a dark chapter in our nation’s history that needs to be remembered.”

    Library Journal

  • “The basic document with which all future studies of the [House Un-American Activities] Committee will have to begin.”

    Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter and novelist

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About the Author

Eric Bentley is the author of Bentley on Brecht, What Is Theater?, and other volumes about drama. Born in England in 1916, he was inducted into the American Hall of Fame in 1998. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.