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Deadly farce : Harvey Matusow and the informer system in the McCarthy era

Author: Robert M Lichtman; Ronald D Cohen
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"No issue so possessed the nation in the first half of the 1950s as alleged Communist subversion in the United States. Deadly Farce presents Harvey Matusow, a young Bronx "wise guy" who became a Communist Party member, an undercover FBI informer inside the Party, and then a leading witness for the government during the McCarthy era - until he recanted his testimony. His story illuminates a disturbing time in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Harvey Matusow; Harvey Matusow; Harvey Matusow
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Lichtman; Ronald D Cohen
ISBN: 0252028864 9780252028861
OCLC Number: 52377432
Description: viii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The informers' era --
Birth of a party member --
The making of an informer --
Hitting the big time --
Blacklists and election campaigns --
Fruits of triumph --
Mixed messages --
Matusow's odyssey --
Writing and recanting --
At center stage --
Paying the piper --
Four decades of aftermath --
Epilogue : a note on the historians.
Responsibility: Robert M. Lichtman and Ronald D. Cohen.
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