A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father

In a riveting book with powerful resonance today, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s through the chilling yet affirming story of his family?s ordeal, from blacklisting to vindication. Elliott Maraniss, David?s father, a WWII veteran who had commanded an all-black compan In a riveting book with powerful resonance today, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the perva...

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Title:A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father
Author:David Maraniss
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Genres:History
ISBN:1501178377
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father Reviews

  • Lois Fegan
    Jun 07, 2019
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  • Tschera
    Jun 25, 2019
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  • Mark Fallon
    Jun 21, 2019
    How do you write about an incident in your father's past that he never talked about? If you're a journalist like David Maraniss, you track down original source documents - letters home from WWII, hearing transcripts and FBI files. A compelling insight into the impact being blacklisted ...
  • George
    Jun 09, 2019
    INTERESTING PEOPLE, TIMES, PLACES AND EVENTS. ?Are you now or have you ever been . . . ? The assumption was that a party member was indisputably unpatriotically un-American.? (p. 6). Something about the writing of David Maraniss?s family memoir, A Good American Family:...
  • Shirley
    Jul 09, 2019
    An illustrative book on the decade of the Red Scare and it's impact on thousands of innocent people. This is a story of a family (extended) that believed in fighting racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism, and ended up being punished by the House Unamerican Activities Committee for years. ...
  • Carolyn
    Jun 19, 2019
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  • Lauren
    Jul 16, 2019
    I wouldn?t necessarily call this book ?riveting,? but it was more interesting than I thought. Although I thought it bogged down a bit when he wrote about the HUAC committee members as I didn?t care much what happened to them. ...
  • Ariel Price
    Jun 05, 2019
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  • Serena
    Feb 23, 2019
    Maraniss' voice is compelling. The narrative that he writes introduces a piece of history that becomes personal and relatable as he relates his family's experience. ...
  • Laura
    Jun 12, 2019
    Rating: 3.5 A Good American Family is Pulitzer Prize winner David Marianiss's biography of his father, a journalist caught up in the Red Scare of the early 1950s and blacklisted after an appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The first 2/3 of the book is in es...
  • Ellen Miller
    May 20, 2019
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  • Mary
    May 21, 2019
    A Good American Family is biographer David Maraniss? look at a subject very close to his heart: his father, and the Red Scare and resulting blacklisting that embroiled the family in 1952 because of Elliott Maraniss? past as a Communist Party of America member. Perhaps because of th...
  • John Wood
    Jun 09, 2019
    The USA, the land of the free. How free are we? The author tells us about his father's experiences with the HUAC (House Unamerican Activities Committee) in Detroit and how he was fired and forced to move all over because of the committee's actions. The McCarthy Era is only one of many ...
  • Bob H
    May 09, 2019
    This is the author's tribute to his father, Elliott Maraniss, whose life and times were epic, from the Depression-era college society of leftist students (some of his companions went on to serve in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish civil war), to the U.S. Army in WWII -- where...
  • Richard
    Jul 20, 2019
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  • Jill Meyer
    May 19, 2019
    Author David Maraniss, a noted writer of biographies and other works of non-fiction, tells the story of his family when his father , Elliott, was called before the HUAC in the early 1950's. The reprucussions of being charged with being "un-American" lasted through out his father's lif...
  • Jay Clement
    Jun 24, 2019
    56-2019. A memoir and biography in one. The Author writes the story of his father, who was caught up in the great Red Scare of the 50s and the House Un-American Activities Committee. So much history here that I did not know. Many familiar names show up, including Martin Dies, first cha...
  • David Gallianetti
    Jun 17, 2019
    What an amazing thing to be able to write such a deep portrait of your parents/family. It was interesting to read the author's struggle with his parent's views as he tried to understand their perspective on a topic they didn't really discuss. ...
  • Trick Wiley
    Jul 19, 2019
    What a intense story and It's true on all sorts of levels. What it means to really be a American,how his family suffered for the truth,during the 50's when we were in the state of fighting Russia. So many different ways and makes you think of how this family as treated. A really powerf...
  • Deborah Shaw
    Jun 11, 2019
    Having a hard time putting into words what I thought while reading the book. All I can say is as a country we have grown since the days of the Red Scare but unfortunately still have a ways to go. This is the kind of history that should be taught! ...
  • Beth
    Jun 17, 2019
    Except that he miss-spelled the name of my hometown, this was an exceptional work of art that I will recommend to everyone. ...
  • Susanne
    May 02, 2019
    Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a fascinating look back at the time of the Red Scare in the US, when McCarthy and his ilk made up rules as they went along, ordaining how patriotism should be - and Maraniss tells t...
  • Nancy
    Apr 13, 2019
    Which of us has known his brother? Which of us has looked into his father's heart? Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe In the years between my father's retirement and his recovery of grief over the early loss of my mother, he bought an electric typewriter and wrote his memoirs. Dad t...
  • Jennifer Warnock
    May 27, 2019
    interesting and well-written...i want to read his biographies of Barak Obama and Bill Clinton now.. ...
  • B. Cheng
    Jun 18, 2019
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  • patricia j patane
    Jun 10, 2019
    Interesting book. Author was born into the same time period I was but lived a completely different life. His parents were denounced and hounded during the McCarthy years. Not a lot of books on this subject and he gives some rather interesting details like Pete Seegers questioning befor...
  • Eric Davis
    Jun 09, 2019
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  • Anthony Lorenz
    Jun 25, 2019
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  • Floyd Williams
    Jun 03, 2019
    This is an eye-opening book about an American family that was affected by the Red Scare of the 1940's and 1950's. David Maraniss's father was accused of being a communist by the House Un-American Activities Committee. The book traces the effects of this on the Maraniss family and sets ...
  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Jun 06, 2019
    Accomplished biographers seek to understand the ages when their subjects lived and the forces that shaped their lives. The goal of a biography is to measure individuals by the pattern of their lives. Biographers researching men and women often find that they begin as strangers and ulti...