Helping Your Government Help Itself
New Press, Hardcover, 9781565847187, 460pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2002
"Radical Hollywood" is the first comprehensive history of the Hollywood Left. From the dawn of sound movies to the early 1950s, Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner trace the political and personal lives of the screenwriters, actors, directors, and producers on the Left and the often decisive impact of their work upon American film's Golden Age.
Full of rich anecdotes, biographical detail, and explorations of movies well known, unjustly forgotten, and delightfully bizarre, the book is "an intelligent, well argued and absorbing examination of how politics and art can make startling and often strange bedfellows" ("Publishers Weekly"). Featuring an insert of rare film stills, "Radical Hollywood" relates the story behind the story of films in such genres as crime, women's films, family cinema, war, animation, and, particularly, film noir.
David Wagner is Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine. His recent book, "The Poorhouse: America's Forgotten Institution" was reviewed by the "Journal of American History and American Historical Review". He is the author of many other books, including "Ordinary People: In and Out of Poverty in the Gilded Age" (Paradigm 2006).
Dave Wagner has co-authored a number of books with Paul Buhle, including the recent Radical Hollywood.