The Fear Within

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The Fear Within

Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial

By Scott Martelle

Rutgers University Press, Hardcover, 9780813549385, 296pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2011

Description
Sixty years ago political divisions in the United States ran even deeper than today. The Fear Within takes aim at one pivotal moment of that era: July 20, 1948 when FBI agents began rounding up twelve men whom the government believed posed a grave threat-the leadership of the Communist Party-USA. Scott Martelle's story is a compelling look at how American society, both general and political, reacts to stress and clamps down in times of crisis on the very beliefs it holds dear: the freedoms of speech and political belief.


About the Author
Scott Martelle, former "Los Angeles Times" staff writer, is a veteran journalist, and the author of the critically acclaimed "Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West" (Rutgers University Press).

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