A Good American Family by David Maraniss audiobook

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father

By David Maraniss
Read by David Maraniss

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Pulitzer Prize–winning author and “one of our most talented biographers and historians” (The New York Times) David Maraniss delivers a “thoughtful, poignant, and historically valuable story of the Red Scare of the 1950s” (The Wall Street Journal) 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 in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years. Yet he never lost faith in America and emerged on the other side with his family and optimism intact. In a sweeping drama that moves from the Depression and Spanish Civil War to the HUAC hearings and end of the McCarthy era, Maraniss weaves his father’s story through the lives of his inquisitors and defenders as they struggle with the vital 20th-century issues of race, fascism, communism, and first amendment freedoms. “Remarkably balanced, forthright, and unwavering in its search for the truth” (The New York Times), A Good American Family evokes the political dysfunctions of the 1950s while underscoring what it really means to be an American. It is “clear-eyed and empathetic” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) tribute from a brilliant writer to his father and the family he protected in dangerous times.

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Summary

Summary

A Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now in Paperback

Pulitzer Prize–winning author and “one of our most talented biographers and historians” (The New York Times) David Maraniss delivers a “thoughtful, poignant, and historically valuable story of the Red Scare of the 1950s” (The Wall Street Journal) 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 in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years. Yet he never lost faith in America and emerged on the other side with his family and optimism intact.

In a sweeping drama that moves from the Depression and Spanish Civil War to the HUAC hearings and end of the McCarthy era, Maraniss weaves his father’s story through the lives of his inquisitors and defenders as they struggle with the vital 20th-century issues of race, fascism, communism, and first amendment freedoms. “Remarkably balanced, forthright, and unwavering in its search for the truth” (The New York Times), A Good American Family evokes the political dysfunctions of the 1950s while underscoring what it really means to be an American. It is “clear-eyed and empathetic” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) tribute from a brilliant writer to his father and the family he protected in dangerous times.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] beautifully realized account…of how easily ‘normal’ life can be disrupted by a powerful megalomaniac with a dangerous political agenda.” Booklist
“Reveals the complex human motivations underneath the era’s clashing dogmas.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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.” Psychology Today
“Fascinating…engrossing…absorbing.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A thoughtful, poignant and historically valuable story.” Wall Street Journal

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Author

Author Bio: David Maraniss

Author Bio: David Maraniss

David Maraniss is on the national staff at the Washington Post. His articles on presidential candidate Bill Clinton won him the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1993. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Linda. They have two grown children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English