Monday, May 20, 2019

Six notable books on the Red Scare

David Maraniss is a New York Times best-selling author, fellow of the Society of American Historians, and visiting distinguished professor at Vanderbilt University. He has been affiliated with the Washington Post for more than forty years as an editor and writer, and twice won Pulitzer Prizes at the newspaper. In 1993 he received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of Bill Clinton, and in 2007 he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. He was also a Pulitzer finalist three other times, including for one of his books, They Marched Into Sunlight. He has won many other major writing awards, including the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, the Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the Frankfurt eBook Award.

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father is his twelfth book.

At The Week magazine Maraniss shared his six favorite books on the Red Scare, including:
High Noon by Glenn Frankel (2017).

Frankel takes readers inside the making of the classic 1952 Western about a sheriff who stands alone when his town's citizens are paralyzed by fear. Made during the height of Red Scare hysteria, the movie starred Gary Cooper, who despite his own anti-Communist views refused to disparage a screenwriter called before HUAC and blacklisted.
Read about another entry on the list.

High Noon is among Jeff Somers's top ten books that reveal secret histories.

--Marshal Zeringue