Episode Six: In 1960, a thaw comes to the Cold War. Blacklisted writers in Hollywood and New York begin to work again under their own names. But in New Hampshire the ice is slow to break. Gordon Kahn's younger son becomes embroiled in a political protest at his high school and is denounced as a communist and Kahn loses his resolve to write under his own name. Kahn dies of a heart attack in a freak storm, on the last night of 1962. His name reappears in print the following month. Hoover, notified of Kahn's death, closes the files. As he does, we learn that Kahn and Hoover had met once and that for fifteen years Kahn had known and kept a secret on him. Disclosed in the final moments of the series, it casts a new light on the two men who regarded each other as one of America's greatest enemies.This program is part of a series of six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. Gordon Kahn's son, Tony Kahn, produced the series. It is available in its an entirety under the title Blacklisted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Ron Leibman, Stockard Channing, Carrol O'Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000006/rt_kahn_000006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Accused of creating a bogus Red scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half-century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts. But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’ revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War. Drawing on primary sources, Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended. Evans shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era, the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, and much more. In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003902/bk_blak_003902_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Listen to six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. From 1947 until his death in 1962, screenwriter Gordon Kahn, father of series producer Tony Kahn, was the target of harassment by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), denunciations by neighbors and "friends," and surveillance by the FBI and its chief, J. Edgar Hoover. Kahn could have ended the ordeal by renouncing his leftist views and giving the investigators the names of others to be questioned. Blacklisted tells the story of Gordon Kahn's 15 years of persecution and the fear that followed him, his family, and thousands of other Americans for having - or being accused of having - "the wrong political ideas."All of Kahn's words, and those of his wife Barbara, are drawn from their writings, diaries, and letters. All of Hoover's remarks come from the confidential memos and remarks in the 3,000-page surveillance file he kept on Gordon Kahn from 1944-1962. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Rob Leibman, Stockard Channing, Carrol O'Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000001a/rt_kahn_000001a_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From his dazzling conducting debut in 1943 until his death in 1990, Leonard Bernstein's star blazed brilliantly. In this fresh and revealing biography of Bernstein's political life, Barry Seldes examines Bernstein's career against the backdrop of cold war America - blacklisting by the State Department in 1950, voluntary exile from the New York Philharmonic in 1951 for fear that he might be blacklisted, signing a humiliating affidavit to regain his passport - and the factors that by the mid-1950s allowed his triumphant return to the New York Philharmonic. Seldes for the first time links Bernstein's great concert-hall and musical-theatrical achievements and his real and perceived artistic setbacks to his involvment with progressive political causes. Making extensive use of previously untapped FBI files as well as overlooked materials in the Library of Congress' Bernstein archive, Seldes illuminates the ways in which Bernstein's career intersected with the 20th century's most momentous events. This broadly accessible and impressively documented account of the celebrity-maestro's life deepens our understanding of an entire era as it reveals important and often ignored intersections of American culture and political power. This book is published by University of California Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000043/bk_redw_000043_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grieving over a broken romance and her newborn son put up for adoption against her wishes, 17-year-old Cara Walden arrives in 1950s London with her half-brother Gray‚ a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and closeted homosexual. Gray has looked after Cara ever since her mother‚ glamorous actress Vivien Grant‚ was found drowned in the pool at their estate. As Cara embarks on a film shoot in Sicily and begins a love affair with a temperamental actor‚ she cannot help pondering the mystery surrounding her mother's death‚ but the questions she asks soon puts Cara's own life in danger.Fans of old movies will get a kick out of All the Wrong Places, a historical mystery set in exotic European locales that pays tribute to the films of the '40s and '50s, capped off with a thrilling finale straight out of Hitchcock."Old Hollywood glamour comes vividly to life in historian, novelist, and film blogger Lieberman's series debut, highlighting the effects of the 1950s Red Scare on the movie industry and the tragedies that happened off the silver screen. Aficionados of Alfred Hitchcock and Hollywood-themed mysteries will find this historical noir right up their alley." (Library Journal) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brenda Scott Wlazlo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/176737/bk_acx0_176737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gary Cooper was a Hollywood icon whose career spanned over thirty-five years. Many of his films, including Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Sergeant York, The Pride of The Yankees, and High Noon, are still revered by audiences and critics well over half a century after his death. On screen, “Coop” may have been America’s staunch hero, but in private life, he was anything but that. A man of indecision, he enjoyed torrid romances with the likes of Clara Bow, Lupe Velez, and Ingrid Bergman, as well as a three-year relationship with actress Patricia Neal, which almost brought an end to his marriage.Michael B. Druxman’s Gary Cooper at High Noon finds the 50-year-old actor at a critical point in his life. Dealing with health issues and no longer a major box-office draw, he has accepted the role in High Noon at a fraction of his usual fee, and now, as he sits in his dressing room, he ponders his deteriorating bond with Patricia Neal, as well as what to do about his friend, Carl Foreman, the screenwriter of High Noon who is about to be blacklisted. Gary Cooper has reached a point in his life where he must make a life-changing choice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Shafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/203747/bk_acx0_203747_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Shirley Jump takes a bow with the final novel in her addictive Sweet and Savory Romances series. Say Cheese! Blacklisted from every modeling venture in New York City, Madison Worth finds herself chasing a second-chance gig on a dairy farm in rural Massachusetts: spokesmodel for the Cheese Pleese Company. But nothing can prepare her for the handsome, six foot-two owner, Jack Pleeseman. With the death knell tolling for his 160-year-old family business, Jack is banking everything on his devastatingly beautiful top-model hire - but "everything" just took on a whole new meaning. His ex-wife wants to whisk their daughter off to Europe and he must fight for custody, all while trying to ignore Madison's mile-high legs. Determined to avoid the sizzling sparks and oh-so-hot kiss they shared, Madison and Jack work together to put Jack's business back on the map. That is, until a chance to redeem her career lures Madison back to New York City - at the cost of losing Jack forever. Now Jack is left to choose - everything he has worked for or the woman he has waited a lifetime to love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jorjeana Marie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019967/bk_adbl_019967_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Engaging.... Profound.... Darkly humorous (Kirkus Reviews)"Taut pacing, interesting character development.... Twists and turns abound" (Blue Ink Review)StarBash is the hottest thing on TV. Featuring desperate actors facing off in madcap competitions to win a movie deal, the reality show is famous for making fools of its fame-starved participants.So it seems odd that respected Hollywood A-lister Cassandra "Casmo" Moreaux would become a contestant. But her motivation is simple: revenge against the program's producer, Lenora Danmore, the legendary movie star who blacklisted Casmo's mother during the McCarthy era. Casmo plans to use StarBash to confront and embarrass Lenora in front of the entire country - but what Casmo doesn't know could kill her.Vindictive and wicked, Lenora is determined to set a trap for the upstart movie star. But when Casmo unexpectedly falls in love with the show's wry host - Lenora's illegitimate son - the murder plot bubbles over with unforeseen complications.Featuring sarcastic celebrities, murderous androids, and off-the-wall humor from beginning to end, Death of a Movie Star masterfully pulls Hollywood culture apart at the seams. It's a Tinseltown romp that's part mystery, part suspense, and two parts roller derby!Rating: This story does not contain any graphic violence, language, or sexual encounters. Its rating would be similar to PG-13 movie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120502/bk_acx0_120502_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The golden age of live television comes to vivid life with the memorable and entertaining tale of Jonny Dirby, who unintentionally captivates the imagination of America with his creation of the hit show Justice Girl. This fun, engrossing work of historical fiction transports listeners back to a time when television shows were chaotic tightrope acts balancing the agendas of actors, studio executives, advertisers, and politicians - and all of it broadcast live to 50 million viewers without the security of a safety net. Set in 1955 in New York City, Julian David Stone's impressive novel follows Jonny from the writers' room of a steady network gig to a crisis of conscience when he decides to abandon his regular paycheck to claim the moral high ground against the spreading plague of McCarthyism. In a final act of defiance, Jonny alters the script of a Superman-inspired lampoon moments before it is broadcast live. What nobody can anticipate is that Jonny's accidental creation, Justice Girl, and her infectious catchphrase of "Justice is served!" are about to sweep the nation and win the hearts and minds of America. Add to the mix a highly driven actress trying to get Jonny blacklisted, along with a desperate network president willing to do anything he can to get complete control of the show, and the history of television will never be the same. The Strange Birth, Short Life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl moves beyond the gags and gaffes of television's golden age to plumb the depths of the media's broader influence. Anyone interested in this time when television was a new phenomenon, with different factions fighting to use it to promote their varied agendas, will enjoy this riveting novel. Stone is an award-winning writer and director whose 20 years in the entertainment business informs his work with an insider's perspective. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009202/bk_blak_009202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.