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Author: Victor S Navasky
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Hill and Wang edView all editions and formats
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"The moral issues that continue to haunt the Hollywood blacklist generation have never been fully explored. This book is the first serious attempt to capture the painful history of not only the blacklist's victims, but also the men and women who 'named names,' who cooperated with the 'degradation ceremonies' of congressional committees investigating Hollywood during the 1950s. Some of these people were influential  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor S Navasky
ISBN: 0809001837 9780809001835
OCLC Number: 51223712
Description: xxvi, 498 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: The informer as patriot. The espionage informer ; The conspiracy informer ; The liberal informer --
Part I: Naming names. HUAC in Hollywood ; The collaborators ; Guilty bystanders --
Part II: Stars, stripes, and stigmas. Elia Kazan and the case for silence ; The reasons why: Richard Collins ; Edward Dmytryk ; Budd Schulberg ; Leo Townsend ; David Raksin ; Isobel Lennart ; Roy Huggins ; Sylvia Richards ; Lee J. Cobb ; Roland Kibbee ; Michael Gordon ; The reasons considered ; Degradation ceremonies --
Part III: Victims. The intended victim ; The community as victim ; The informer as victim --
Part IV: Lessons. The question of forgiveness ; The question of obedience ; The question of candor.
Responsibility: Victor S. Navasky.
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"The moral issues that continue to haunt the Hollywood blacklist generation have never been fully explored. This book is the first serious attempt to capture the painful history of not only the blacklist's victims, but also the men and women who 'named names,' who cooperated with the 'degradation ceremonies' of congressional committees investigating Hollywood during the 1950s. Some of these people were influential and well known--Sterling Hayden, Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan, Budd Schulberg, Larry Parks; others, less famous, were caught equally in the vise of the times. Victor S. Navasky has unabashedly asked them--and their children, lawyers, therapists, and agents--why did they do what they did? His brilliant book about their answers is an extraordinary moral detective story. The subject is cold-war Hollywood, but Mr. Navasky goes far beyond that small town and brings the subject right up to the present. For the issues posed during this peculiar episode in American history continue to reverberate through many central aspects of American life and culture. What happens to a society when the state pressures its citizens to betray their fellows? Mr. Navasky's dramatic essay in the sociology of indignation--combining oral history, interviews, and research, from gossip columns to the literature of social psychology--traces the consequences of what he calls the state's adoption of the Informer Principle, according to which the informer became, for a brief and inglorious time, America's cultural hero and prophet."--Dust jacket.

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