By Gerald Horne
Ahead of he attained notoriety as Dean of the Hollywood Ten—the blacklisted screenwriters and administrators persecuted as a result of their various ties to the Communist Party—John Howard Lawson had develop into the most awesome, winning, and highbrow screenwriters at the Hollywood scene within the Nineteen Thirties and Forties, with a number of hits to his credits together with Blockade, Sahara, and Action within the North Atlantic. After his notorious, virtually violent, 1947 listening to earlier than the home Un-American actions Committee, Lawson frolicked in felony and his profitable profession used to be successfully over. Studded with anecdotes and in response to formerly untapped files, this primary biography of Lawson brings alive his period and contours a lot of his sought after buddies and colleagues, together with John Dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Chaplin, Gene Kelly, Edmund Wilson, Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart, Dalton Trumbo, Ring Lardner, Jr., and so forth. Lawson's lifestyles turns into a prism during which we achieve a clearer point of view at the evolution and machinations of McCarthyism and anti-Semitism within the usa, at the impression of the left on Hollywood, and on a desirable guy whose radicalism served as a foil for launching the political careers of 2 Presidents: Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. In bright, marvelously distinct prose, Final sufferer of the Blacklist restores this significant determine to his rightful position in background because it recounts essentially the most eye-catching episodes in 20th century cinema and politics.
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