Naming Names

Naming Names

by Victor S. Navasky
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809001835
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/30/2003
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
811,532
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
A Note on Vocabulary
Introduction: The Informer as Patriot1
1The Espionage Informer6
2The Conspiracy Informer20
3The Liberal Informer45
4HUAC In Hollywood78
5The Collaborators97
6Guilty Bystanders144
7Elia Kazan and the Case for Silence199
8The Reasons Why
9The Reasons Considered279
10Degradation Ceremonies314
11The Intended Victim340
12The Community as Victim347
13The Informer as Victim371
14The Question of Forgiveness402
15The Question of Obedience407
16The Question of Candor417
Afterword429
Afterword to the Third Edition435
Notes on Sources441
Acknowledgments465
Index469

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