The saga of the last of the old-style vigilante committees and the first of the new-style vigilante committees - a blend that shows the transition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Hames. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000855/bk_acx0_000855_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The California gold rush of 1849, created fortunes for San Francisco merchants, whose wealth depended on control of the city´s docks. But ownership of waterfront property was hotly contested. In an 1856 dispute over land titles, a county official shot an outspoken newspaperman, prompting a group of merchants to organize the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance. The committee, which met in secret, fed biased stories to the newspapers, depicting itself as a necessary substitute for incompetent law enforcement. But its actual purpose was quite different. In Dirty Deeds, historian Nancy J. Taniguchi draws on the 1856 Committee´s minutes - long lost until she unearthed them - to present the first clear picture of its actions and motivations. Even after the establishment of a federal board in 1851 to settle California claims, land titles remained confused, and most of the land in the city belonged to no one. The acquisition of key waterfront properties in San Francisco by an ambitious politician, motivated the 30-odd merchants, who called themselves ´´the Executives´´ of the Vigilance Committee, to go directly after these parcels. Despite the organization´s assertion of working on behalf of law and order, its tactics - kidnapping, forced deportations, and even murder - went far beyond the bounds of law. Dirty Deeds tells the real story, in which a band of men took over a city in an attempt to control the most valuable land on the West Coast. The audiobook is published by University of Oklahoma Press. ´´A tour de force of urban history.´´ (Kevin Starr, University of Southern California) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary D. MacFadden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093400/bk_acx0_093400_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A chilling reenactment of the Federal government´s anti-Communist investigations Eric Bentley has chosen highlights from the 30-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee to demonstrate HUAC´s focus on artists, intellectuals, and performers. Volume 2: 1951-1952 includes the testimonies of Clifford Odets, Edward G. Robinson, Elia Kazan, Jose Ferrer, Bud Schulberg, Sterling Hayden, Abe Burroughs, Lillian Hellman, and many others. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick, Robertson Dean, Kirby Heyborne, Jean Smart, Kristoffer Tabori. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006811/bk_blak_006811_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Episode One: The House Un-American Activities Committee opens its stormy hearings into Communist influence in Hollywood, in October, 1947. Ten leftist screenwriters denounce the investigation and are sentenced to jail for contempt. Gordon Kahn, a well-known enemy of HUAC, escapes a similar fate when the Committee suspends it hearings before calling him to testify. Blacklisted and under FBI surveillance, Kahn sells his Beverly Hills house and moves his family to Studio City. As fear of criticizing the Committee spreads through Hollywood, Kahn fights publicly for the freedom of ´´The Hollywood Ten.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Rob Leibman, Carol O´Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000001/rt_kahn_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Episode Two: The Committee re-opens its hearings in early 1950 and calls Gordon Kahn as its first witness. Kahn flees the subpoena to Mexico, leaving his two young sons in the care of family and friends. J. Edgar Hoover, calling Kahn ´´one of the three most dangerous Communists in Hollywood,´´ issues an all-points-bulletin to the FBI, the State Department and the CIA, and puts Kahn on his security index, ´´a secret list of people to be placed in armed detention camps in the event of a ´´national security emergency.´´This program is part of a series of six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. Gordon Kahn´s son, Tony Kahn, produced the series. It is available in its an entirety under the title Blacklisted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Ron Leibman, Stockard Channing, Carrol O´Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000002/rt_kahn_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Episode Three: Joined by his family, Gordon Kahn makes plans for an indefinite stay in the quiet, sunny town of Cuernavaca, Mexico. Back home, the ´´red scare´´ grows and J. Edgar Hoover launches a secret program to get the Mexican government to ship American ´´subversives´´ like Kahn to the United States. To protect his family, Kahn applies for Mexican citizenship and invests his life savings with a Mexican businessman.This program is part of a series of six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. Gordon Kahn´s son, Tony Kahn, produced the series. It is available in its an entirety under the title Blacklisted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Ron Leibman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000003/rt_kahn_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Episode Six: In 1960, a thaw comes to the Cold War. Blacklisted writers in Hollywood and New York begin to work again under their own names. But in New Hampshire the ice is slow to break. Gordon Kahn´s younger son becomes embroiled in a political protest at his high school and is denounced as a communist and Kahn loses his resolve to write under his own name. Kahn dies of a heart attack in a freak storm, on the last night of 1962. His name reappears in print the following month. Hoover, notified of Kahn´s death, closes the files. As he does, we learn that Kahn and Hoover had met once and that for fifteen years Kahn had known and kept a secret on him. Disclosed in the final moments of the series, it casts a new light on the two men who regarded each other as one of America´s greatest enemies.This program is part of a series of six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. Gordon Kahn´s son, Tony Kahn, produced the series. It is available in its an entirety under the title Blacklisted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Ron Leibman, Stockard Channing, Carrol O´Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000006/rt_kahn_000006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Episode Five: Gordon Kahn arrives with his family in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the winter of 1955. Soon after, a ´´friend´´ informs on him to the state Attorney General, a nationally known Red Hunter named Louis Wyman. Wyman launches an investigation that becomes front-page news. FBI surveillance and wiretaps are resumed; the children are beaten up at school and Kahn is threatened with twenty years in prison for refusing to cooperate. Kahn´s wife Barbara looks for work as a schoolteacher and learns she has been blacklisted, too. Kahn, earning a small living under the pseudonym of Hugh G. Foster, gives up hope of getting back his name.This program is part of a series of six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. Gordon Kahn´s son, Tony Kahn, produced the series. It is available in its an entirety under the title Blacklisted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Ron Leibman, Stockard Channing, Carrol O´Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000005/rt_kahn_000005_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many Americans remember Senator Sam Ervin (1896-1985) as the affable, Bible-quoting, old country lawyer who chaired the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973. Ervin´s stories from down home in North Carolina, his reciting literary passages ranging from Shakespeare to Aesop´s fables, and his earnest lectures in defense of civil liberties and constitutional government contributed to the downfall of President Nixon and earned Senator Ervin a reputation as ´´the last of the founding fathers. ´´Yet for most of his twenty years in the Senate, Ervin applied these same rhetorical devices to a very different purpose. Between 1954 and 1974, he was Jim Crow´s most talented legal defender as the South´s constitutional expert during the congressional debates on civil rights. The paradox of the senator´s opposition to civil rights and defense of civil liberties lies at the heart of this biography of Sam Ervin.Drawing on newly opened archival material, Karl Campbell illuminates the character of the man and the historical forces that shaped him. The senator´s distrust of centralized power, Campbell argues, helps explain his ironic reputation as a foe of civil rights and a champion of civil liberties. Campbell demonstrates that the Watergate scandal represented the culmination of an escalating series of clashes between the imperial presidency of Richard Nixon and a congressional counterattack led by Senator Ervin. The issue central to that struggle, as well as to many of the other crusades in Ervin´s life, remains a key question of the American experience today how to exercise legitimate government power while protecting essential individual freedoms. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Stampone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015569/bk_adbl_015569_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Groundbreaking scientific analysis that breaks the JFK assassination wide open! Did a shot from the ´´grassy knoll´´ kill President Kennedy? If so, was Oswald part of a conspiracy or an innocent patsy? Why have scientific experts who examined the evidence failed to put such questions to rest? In 2001, scientist Dr. Donald Byron Thomas published a peer-reviewed article that revived the debate over the finding by the House Select Committee on Assassinations that there had indeed been a shot from the grassy knoll, caught on a police dictabelt recording. The Washington Post said, ´´The House Assassinations Committee may well have been right after all.´´ In Hear No Evil, Thomas explains the acoustics evidence in detail, placing it in the context of an analysis of all the scientific evidence in the Kennedy assassination. Revering no sacred cows, he demolishes myths promulgated by both Warren Commission adherents and conspiracy advocates, and presents a novel and compelling reinterpretation of the ´´single bullet theory.´´ More than a scientific tome, Hear No Evil is a searing indictment of the government´s handpicked experts, who failed the public trust to be fair and impartial arbiters of the evidence. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Rapkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013397/bk_adbl_013397_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.