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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 the author, is the definitive account of the hearings, a National Book Award winner widely hailed as a classic. 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 by naming names at the hearings, he explores the terrifying dilemmas of those who informed and the tragedies of those who were informed on. Drawing on interviews with more than 150 people called to testify—among them Elia Kazan, Ring Lardner Jr., and Arthur Miller—Naming Names presents a compelling portrait of how the blacklists operated with such chilling efficiency.

"An astonishing work concerning personal honor and dishonor, shame and shamelessness."-Studs Terkel

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“The moral issues raised by the Hollywood blacklist remain fearfully complex, and Victor Navasky confronts them with almost exquisite precision.” —The New York Times

“Navasky has done a splendid job bringing this enormous mass of facts to coherence and meaning, judging its ethical import so rigorously and fairly. Naming Names is must reading.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809001835
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 645,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor S. Navasky, a graduate of Yale Law School, is publisher and editorial director of The Nation. The author of Kennedy Justice, he is Delacorte Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
A Note on Vocabulary
Introduction: The Informer as Patriot 1
1 The Espionage Informer 6
2 The Conspiracy Informer 20
3 The Liberal Informer 45
4 HUAC In Hollywood 78
5 The Collaborators 97
6 Guilty Bystanders 144
7 Elia Kazan and the Case for Silence 199
8 The Reasons Why
9 The Reasons Considered 279
10 Degradation Ceremonies 314
11 The Intended Victim 340
12 The Community as Victim 347
13 The Informer as Victim 371
14 The Question of Forgiveness 402
15 The Question of Obedience 407
16 The Question of Candor 417
Afterword 429
Afterword to the Third Edition 435
Notes on Sources 441
Acknowledgments 465
Index 469
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