The Bethune Murals: a novel

The Bethune Murals: a novel

by Tony Holtzman


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The novel begins with the director of the Saranac research laboratory telling the FBI that Communists at Trudeau are demanding that he publish the papers as part of a plot to bankrupt American asbestos manufacturers. While searching for the Communists, the FBI learns that Dr. Norman Bethune declared himself a Communist ten years after he drew the murals. The murals are subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee for its hearing on subversion at Trudeau in 1953. Its major witness, an art historian, insists that the murals prove Bethune was a Communist. This charge is flatly denied by those who knew Bethune when he drew them. In an obscure old paper, Bethune wrote that the murals were about his struggle against tuberculosis; they had nothing to do with communism. The Committee harasses a scientist at Trudeau, trying to get him to admit that the woman who became his wife was a Communist when she modeled for the murals . As a result of the FBI investigation and the subsequent hearings, two people die tragically, others lose their jobs, and the Trudeau facilities are threatened with closure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998489353
Publisher: Cloudsplitter Press
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Tony (Neil A.) Holtzman started to write fiction after retiring as Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Health Policy, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. His novels are based on professional experience, and deep interest in American history. The Adirondack Mountains, where he still summers after many years, also serve as inspiration. Tony's fictiony writing has benefited from workshops and courses at Stanford University, New Mexico State University, The Great Courses, and the Adirondack Center for Writing, of which he was a board member (2015-18). He has taught writing to prisoners at the Adirondack Correctional Facility and currently leads a writers group in Menlo Park, CA, where he winters. While at Hopkins, he wrote or co-wrote three books on genetics and public policy, and published over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has four children and eight grandchildren. His wife, Dr. Barbara Starfield, died in 2011.

B.A. Swarthmore College, with High Honors
M.D. New York University College of Medicine,
M.P.H. (Epidemiology) University of California Berkeley,

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Prologue, Chapters 1-16, Afterword, Bibliography, Acknowledgments

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