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With a New Afterword by the Author

“An astonishing work concerning personal honor and dishonor, shame and shamelessness. A book of stunning insights and suspense.” —Studs Terkel

Half a century later, the investigation of Hollywood radicals by the House Committee on Un-American Activities still haunts the public conscience. Naming Names, reissued here with a new afterword by
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 30th 2003 by Hill and Wang (first published 1980)
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Daniel
One of the best books I've read on the Hollywood blacklist, although not necessarily the best place to start on the subject. Navasky explores the moral and ethical decisions made by those who testified against their friends and those whose chose not to.
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Thank God for signs like this, reminding citizens to inform local law enforcement whenever they spot the distinctive driving habits of an Al Quaeda operative.
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Think that keeps you safe? Well, things are about to get a lot safer! Through the wonders of modern technology, the day is coming soon when you will get your terrorism activity updates directly from the Dept of Homeland Security, as you stand in the checkout line at WalMart. It's the new "If you see something, say something" program, that
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Melissa Rockenfield
hard to add to Studs Terkel - "“An astonishing work concerning personal honor and dishonor, shame and shamelessness. A book of stunning insights and suspense.” —Studs Terkel"

I have been long fascinated by the HUAAC and the red hunt of the 50's and 60's. truly amazing to realize this happened in the US of A.

" Victor S. Navasky adroitly dissects the motivations for the investigation and offers a poignant analysis of its consequences. Focusing on the movie-studio workers who avoided blacklists only
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Ron Fitzwater
A gritty look at one of the darkest times in American history. So many lives ruined for the sake of mass paranoia.
Raul
A head-shake-inducing, fascinating walk through a dark period of American democracy and Hollywood history that should not soon be forgotten. Abuses of power and violations of the truest core American values and lots of moral dilemmas and gray areas that even with distance and time are not any easier to navigate as a reader of today. The book loses a bit of steam at the end but can't blame the author given the exhausting, heavyweight of the subject.
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takes a while t' get going...
hence SLo PRoGReSS...
butt once it does ( ca PG 165 )...
VeRy FaST PaCed dissection oF...
Th' ANaToMy oF 'GROUP ThiNk'...
and the resultant iNTRiGues AROUnd...
Th' iMPLeMeNTaTiON oF duress...
iNSPiRed by SuCh 'GROUP ThiNk'...
STiLL GoT SuM GOiNG t' GiT ThRu...
Alan Brickman
A great history of the McCarthyite blacklist in the 40's and 50's, with the systematic dismantling of all the lame rationales people gave for testifying against their friends and colleagues. A book that continues to be relevant today.
Jim
All about the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and 50s. Would you rat out your friends if they'd been members of the Communist Party? If they had, should they be kept from working in the film industry?
Dave
Addresses the ethics and politics of snitching during the post-WWII red scare.
Katie
I can't even rate this; I just couldn't follow it at all.
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Victor Saul Navasky (born July 5, 1932) is an American journalist, editor, publisher, author and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was editor of The Nation from 1978 until 1995, and its publisher and editorial director 1995 to 2005. In November 2005 he became the publisher emeritus. Navasky's book Naming Names (1980) is considered a definitive take on the Holly ...more
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