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The Naked God: The Writer and the Communist Party

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Fast’s book on his break with the Communist Party, and a riveting tribute to the importance of justice and beauty over dogma and rigidity
The Naked God is Howard Fast’s public repudiation of the Communist Party, of which he was a devoted member for thirteen years until reading about the full scope of atrocities committed by the Soviet Union under Stalin. The bestselling aut
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Published December 27th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1957)
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Tale of an ex communist and why he left the party. Details the communist party's horrific murders and fascist oppression of the writers ...more
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I first became aware of author Howard Fast while reading Kirk Douglas's I AM SPARTACUS!: MAKING A FILM, BREAKING THE BLACKLIST. An outspoken communist, Fast penned the novel that the Douglas/Kubrick film was based on.
But while Douglas wrote at length about how Fast was negatively affected by McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist, he neglected to mention that Fast later rejected communism and became an enemy of the Russian government.
THE NAKED GOD is interesting not only for learning why Fast l
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Al Duran
The Naked God should be read in conjunction with the same author’s Being Red, published thirty-three years after the former memoir. What a difference the change in the political environment makes!
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Howard Fast was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist a ...more

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