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 company i In a riveting book with powerful resonance today, Pulitzer Prize?winning author David Maraniss captures th...

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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

  • David
    Aug 03, 2019
    A story of the Cumming-Maraniss extended family, whose members included a WW II veteran and a volunteer on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War?and whose members were compelled to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952. The backstory of some of t...
  • 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:...
  • Rod Zemke
    Jul 23, 2019
    I feel the same way as Jane Miller did her excellent review of this book. There are some problems with the book, but would still recommend, especially to individuals who do not have a good working knowledge of the history of this period in American history. ...
  • 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...
  • Mandy
    Aug 03, 2019
    Elliott Maraniss, David Maraniss?s father, was a member of the Communist Party of America and thus found himself caught up in the Red Scare of the 1950s. This book is memoir of his father and a tribute to him, and chronicles his ordeal at the hands of HUAC. It doesn?t pretend to be...
  • Jess
    Aug 25, 2019
    This was very good! There's a section in the middle that's strictly about the politicians instead of the Maraniss/Cummins families that I thought dragged, though I understood why it was there. The McCarthy era has always interested me, and the personalization of it here really drove ho...
  • Ann
    Oct 01, 2019
    This book is a perceptive story of how a member of ?a good American family? became a communist for a while, beginning in his college days. That was back in the 1930's when he was a student at the University of Michigan, working on the school paper. The author?s father, Elliott...
  • 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...
  • Sevelyn
    Sep 27, 2019
    This book is a bit of a Chinese puzzle box. You open one chapter, it?s about WW II, another is about the Spanish civil war, then you?re reading about the author?s extended family, then his father?s time at Michigan, HUAC trials, Arthur Miller plays, even a detour into the meani...
  • Wendy
    Aug 05, 2019
    What is a good American? This country circles around this question over and over, as the right wing challenges the patriotism of those devoted to social and economic justice, and uses the term "socialist" as a slur. This book is a personal account of the story of one family and how the...
  • 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 ...
  • Christine
    Oct 11, 2019
    This book was a real eye-opener! Since we never covered the 1950s in high school, all I had been left with was the mythology of better days, prosperity, etc. Little did I know that racial tension was already brewing & that The Crucible was actually inspired by McCarthyism and that ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Don Healy
    Oct 26, 2019
    When the waves of history wash over our families, some are lifted up, some are spun and churned around and some are crushed or washed away. This is the story of one family that was almost crushed, repeatedly by our government, first by HUAC and then by the FBI, basically because the au...
  • Grace Hoffmann
    Sep 06, 2019
    Maraniss is such an amazing writer, and I still marvel over First in his Class, about Clinton. I was interested in this book because I am from Wisconsin and was interested in Maraniss's connection to Madison as well as his family's Communist politics. The best sections in this book are...
  • Phil
    Oct 03, 2019
    This is one moving work of a son recalling his families Red Scare ordeals, family commitment, and perseverance that was of his father's liking. This story is not only moving but a shocking recall of mass hysteria in a country that is based on freedom of thought, actions and words. What...
  • Woodstock Pickett
    Aug 12, 2019
    The author traces the history of his parents and his mother's extended family through the second half of the 20th century. But there is much here which rang true to me - in the light of our 21st century politics. What is an American? What does it mean to label someone "UnAmerican?" ...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    Aug 04, 2019
    This is an unflinching look back at one family's experience during the Red Scare of the Fifties. Long time Washington Post writer and editor David Maraniss' father was a young husband, father, and newspaperman working at the Detroit Times. He and his wife and his wife's brother had bee...
  • Hugh Atkins
    Aug 15, 2019
    Obviously, from my rating, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Maraniss is a great writer, and his style here is smooth and easy to read. Maraniss gives us a history of many of the players in Red Scare and lets us know that it was more than just Joe McCarthy stirring up trouble for, not on...
  • 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.. ...
  • 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...
  • MaryJo Hansen
    Jul 25, 2019
    A memoir of the author's family, focusing on his father's WW 2 service and his father, mother and brother's membership in the Communist party in the US, the the witch hunt of the 1950's and how that affected their lives. Very well written with troves of letters to use written by his fa...
  • 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...
  • Gaucho36
    Aug 24, 2019
    This book was nothing if not thought provoking, especially in the context of our current President?s attacks on anyone who disagrees with him. This book chronicles the family history of the author but especially his mother and father. As an aside I had read two other Maraniss books -...