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Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colonys Long Romance with the Left Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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"Red Star Over Hollywood is a cool, objective, well-researched and highly readable study of the effects the HUAC." -- Richard Schickel
"Ronald and Allis Radosh give us a sobering, straightforward, scrupulously researched account of the Communist Party's actual goal." -- Tom Wolfe, author of I am Charlotte Simmons
About the Author
Allis Radosh has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York, and served as a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ronald Radosh, professor emeritus of history at the City University of New York and adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author or coauthor of fourteen books, including The Rosenberg File. He has written for The New Republic, National Review, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. This is the second book they have written together. They live in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
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Ronald & Allis Radosh's new book: "Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance with the Left" is a brilliant, myth-busting and yet compassionate exploration of the era and the errors of the blacklist in Hollywood.
For ideologues there is only black and white. They allow no paradoxes, complications,and irony that are the ingredients in real life. For the Radoshes these same ingredients make their book read like a political thriller even though we know the outcome.
As Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten, wrote many years later the informers, the informed, and the uninformed were all victims. His disgust with the Communists as time went on is one of the many important revelations compiled in this book. Most moving is the painful questioning by two sons of blacklisted writers (Lawson & Lardner - also part of the Hollywood Ten) of their fathers - what led them, in Jeff Lawson's words, "to believe so strongly in such false concepts."
One of the Radoshes conclusions will surely shock both the extreme left and the extreme right: "But ultimately HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) and the [Communist] Party served each other's purposes." The Party served up real "witches" to rationalize HUAC's witch-hunt proceeding, and HUAC made martyrs of the Reds who were up until then in great trouble with Hollywood liberals because of their fanatic support for Stalin and the Soviet Union, i.e. their turning on the U.S. when Stalin signed a peace pact with Hitler in 1939.
"Red Star Over Hollywood" is necessary reading for folks from all shades of political opinion.Read more ›
The Radoshes describe the infatuation of "the Hollywood Party" from its roots in the 1930s, when several visited the Soviet Union. They demonstrate that, far from being innocent, the "Hollywood Ten" were committed Communists, who used and abused free-speech supporters (like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall) for their own ends. The Communist Party, in turn, cynically used the "Ten" for its own ends -- trotting them out to speak at unrelated left-wing events for years, which prevented the Ten from individually rehabilitating their images and obtaining work. The authors also describe the way the CP line was inserted in several films, most notoriously, "Mission to Moscow." This film, designed to turn the views of a skeptical American public toward the USSR during World War II, whitewashes Stalin's purge trials of the 1930s, where many truly innocent were tortured into confessing and executed. Perhaps most interesting is the difficult path faced by those who broke with the Party and either "named names" or walked a fine line to avoid naming names. For many, being seen as an informer was worse than preventing and exposing genuine Communist infiltration.
If I have any criticisms of the book, it is that the Radoshes did not take their exploration of the film colony's long romance with the left through the Vietnam War years and today.Read more ›
Talk about exploding myths! Radosh's book, which he co-wrote with his wife Allis, cuts through the layers of denial and presents us with an ugly picture of the real Hollywood of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Vladimir Lenin, the little pipsqueak who brought the nightmare of Marxism to the Soviet Union back in the early part of the twentieth century, had a soft spot for film and theater. He believed that the best way to spread communism around the globe was through movies and plays. This is exactly what the Kremlin crowd set out to accomplish in the following decades.Read more ›
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written with a moderate tone - and with almost 40 pages of footnotes - mostly citing the communists themselves - this book is highly-researched non-hysterical examination of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. A. Eyon
Excellent book. Chronicles communist involvement in the movie industryPublished 18 months ago by Rodger Hammerstein
For those of us who are political junkies and who despise the Left wing propaganda that comes at us from Hollywood and TV, "Red Star Over Hollywood" shows where it all... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elizabeth K. Gregory
I can imagine no better way to explain the problems with this book than to quote Charles Marowitz from his piece Defenders Of The Witch Hunt. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Sarah
The extent of Communist influence in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s remains deeply controversial. In an effort to arrive at a fair and accurate assessment, this book, written from... Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by John Winterson Richards
This book is a revealing account of Communism's influence in Hollywood. The whole book is very interesting, but one of my favorite parts is the chapter on Dalton Trumbo. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Jim C.
Author Ronald Radosh has a back story himself, for those interested: once a Communist Party member himself, he quit, moved to the new "left", then moved to the new "right" in the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Robert Reynolds