Why this book?
Originally published in 1979, Ceplair and Englund’s magisterial book examines the development and repression of left-wing radicalism within Hollywood from the early Depression era to the final years of the blacklist. Over more than 500 pages, this rigorously researched and illuminating study details the political battles that led to the establishment of the blacklist after World War 2, inspired especially by the formation of the Screen Writers Guild by progressive activists in the 1930s. With most of the Hollywood Ten being writers as well as current or former Communists, the authors regard the blacklist as “an institutionalized, politicized mechanism for imposing censorship and weakening dissent in Cold War America,” arguing that “it weakened the United States far more than it has been alleged Hollywood Communists did or could have.”
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
The history of political struggle in Hollywood back to the formation of the Screen Writers Guild in 1933 with the culmination of the blacklists of the House Un-American Activites Commmitee. The definitive work on the blacklist ear.