Allan Ryskind, son of Marx Brothers screenwriter Morrie Ryskind (Animal Crackers, A Night at the Opera, Room Service), exposes the ugly truth about the Communists blacklisted from the film industry. Too often, the "Hollywood Ten" brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee are memorialized as victims of an unjust witch-hunt and heroes who stood up for free speech. The truth is shocking: Not only did these supposed liberal paragons adore Josef Stalin and take their orders directly from the Communist Party, but they also sympathized with Adolf Hitler.
Ryskind, who grew up in the heart of the Hollywood scene and personally knew many of the key players in this real-life Hollywood drama, has penned a definitive, myth-busting account of the Hollywood Ten and Hollywood Blacklist that will forever change the way you think about the ideological battle waged in the movie capital of the world. With glossy photographs.
In his days as a reporter at the Washington Times and an Editor-at-Large of Human Events, Ryskind covered Capitol Hill during much of the Clinton Presidency. He is the son of Marx Brothers screenwriter Morrie Ryskind (Animal Crackers A Night at the Opera, Room Service). Ryskind currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
This is the book we’ve been waiting for! The true story of the much mythologized Hollywood Ten’ by a scion of Hollywood royalty. As the son of Marx Brothers screenwriter Morrie Ryskindwho testified against the Hollywood Ten back when there were still patriotic Hollywood power brokersauthor Allan Ryskind grew up having to shush Groucho Marx practicing his jokes at Hollywood Stars baseball games. He went on to become a massively influential writerparticularly on Ronald Reagan, who religiously read Allan’s front-page editorials in Human Events (his favorite publication) and even called Allan to the White House to confront the big spenders in his own cabinet. Now, Allan gives us the truth about the Hollywood Ten.”
Ann Coulter, author of ten New York Times bestsellers, including Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
Allan Ryskind opens up a forgotten part of postwar history, Hollywood, and the Cold Warand we discover that most of what Americans thought about that period wasn’t true. Whether it is the Hollywood Ten, the Blacklist, or just how influential Soviet penetration of the U.S. entertainment industry was during and after World War II, Ryskind spells it out with complete documentation. The influence of this period on such noted Americans as Ronald Reagan and actor Robert Taylor is also explained. Coming from one who has not only studied the postwar period in Hollywood but actually lived in it, Hollywood Traitors offers a rare perspective that is sure to prompt discussion and re-examination of the time when Stalin drew higher praise in some U.S. motion pictures than he did in Russian films.”
John Gizzi, White House correspondent and chief political columnist, Newsmax
A real-life thriller about the movies, exploding the fifty-year myth that the Hollywood Ten were innocent victims of a witch hunt. Ryskind shows that they, as well as numerous other screenwriters, were in fact hard-core Stalinists bent on subverting U.S. society and culture. Must reading for students of Cold War history.”
M. Stanton Evans, author of Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies
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