A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father

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Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
Pages
432
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781501178399

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About the Author

David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s--Rome 1960; Once in a Great City (winner of the RFK Book Prize); and They Marched into Sunlight (winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History).

Reviews

"A winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and one of our most talented biographers and historians, Maraniss has used his prodigious research skills to produce a story that leaves one aching with its poignancy, its finely wrought sense of what was lost, both in his home and in our nation."--The New York Times


"Clear-eyed and empathetic, Maraniss's engrossing portrait of a patriotic, baseball-loving red reveals the complex human motivations underneath the era's clashing dogmas."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"An absorbing history of American political and cultural life in the 1940s and '50s... A clear-eyed, highly personal view of a dark chapter in American history."--Kirkus
"[A] beautifully realized account of an ordinary family in extraordinary circumstances and of how easily 'normal' life can be disrupted by a powerful megalomaniac with a dangerous political agenda."--Booklist
"Audiences interested in the domestic implications of the Cold War will be captivated by this journalist whose patriotism was measured by actions and not exaggerated by words...[an] absorbing account of Elliot's life and the lives of his family. Readers will be fascinated by their successes, failures, and tragedies."--Library Journal, starred review
"Fascinating...engrossing...absorbing."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A Good American Family enriches our understanding of the era through vivid, humanizing portraits of individuals on both sides of the ideological divide... a tale of resilience and redemption...[an] elegant, emotional, and empathetic narrative."--Psychology Today
"A thoughtful, poignant and historically valuable story of the Red Scare of the 1950s."--The Wall Street Journal
"In this moment of dueling political hysterias ('The fascists are at the gates!' 'The socialists are within the gates!'), it is reassuring to remember that America has quickly recovered from some previous plunges into overheated anxiety. David Maraniss understands this....His readers will admire his emotional equilibrium, and can take comfort from this story of national equilibrium lost and restored."--George Will