LOYALTIES: A Son's Memoir.

Bernstein, Carl.

Published by New York: Simon & Schuster, (1989.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. An account of the events that shaped his childhood in Washington, D.C., and led to the persecution of his parents and thousands of others during the McCarthy era. His father was an attorney who was involved in the defense of more than 500 federal employees who were accused of disloyalty; his mother led protest marches in favor of desegregation of lunch counters and opposing the execution of the Rosenbergs and was called to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities was Carl was just 10 years old. SIGNED on a prelim page. 262 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket (usual toning to the pages.) LIMITED TIME SALE: All prices shown have been REDUCED by 25% for the ABEBOOKS SALE. Free wrapping on request. Dust jackets are protected with archival covers, and books are carefully packed for shipping. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The co-author of "All The President's Men" now turns his investigative talent and loyalty to the truth about his childhood and his family. In a blend of reporting and personal analysis, the author traces the history of McCarthyism and opens up a shaming period of American history.

From Publishers Weekly: From the coauthor of All the President's Men and The Final Days comes this pained, loving, intensely felt account of his parents' ordeal, and his own emotional upheaval, during President Harry Truman's loyalty purges. Both of Bernstein's parents had Communist Party affiliations in the 1940s. His father, Al, a Senate-appointed investigative attorney on Capitol Hill, later a union leader in San Francisco, attended a few Party meetings; his mother, Sylvia, participated in the party's campaigns on behalf of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and to desegregate swimming pools. When Truman's loyalty boards began passing judgment, in 1947, on government employees' fitness to serve, Al Bernstein was defense counsel in some 500 such cases. His own union career derailed, he opened a laundry. In 1954, his wife was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The FBI was a constant presence in their son's boyhood and adolescence. This taut memoir mingles pride, angry confrontation with the author's parents and coming to terms with the past. We also get unbuttoned glimpses of the author as fourth-grade "patriotic nut," Bar Mitzvah boy screaming at his "atheistic" mom and dad, brash fraternity leader in Maryland's suburbs, budding journalist. BOMC and QPBC alternates.
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Title: LOYALTIES: A Son's Memoir.
Publisher: New York: Simon & Schuster, (1989.) dj

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