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ISBN: 0684838486
Release Date: July, 1998
Publisher: Touchstone
Description: The author profiles her relatives with the same sensitivity she brought to biographies of Montgomery Clift and Diane Arbus. She pays tribute to the liberal idealism that led her father, Bartley C. Crum, to defend unpopular leftists at home and Jewish refugees desperate to get into Palestine abroad, even as she depicts his lengthy absences and financial carelessness wreaking havoc on his wife and children. Patricia Bosworth's portraits of her unhappy, adulterous mother and withdrawn, suicidal brother are equally nuanced. The subtitle says it all: "An American Family Story."
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ISBN: 0684838486
ISBN-13: 9780684838489
Publisher: Touchstone
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Length: 416 Pages
Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.5 x 8.5 in.
Language: English
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0684808099
ISBN-13: 9780684808093
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: April, 1997
Length: 416 Pages
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Posted by Emilie Debrigard on 2/22/2010
I was looking for context for the Hollywood Blacklist. Although Bosworth's father, Bart Crum, played a fairly minor role in the Blacklist affair, as he defended only two of the accused screenwriters, nonetheless his involvement was crucial. He was a liberal Republican in a crowd of New Dealers, fellow travelers, and Communists. In the end he wasn't able to get off scot free. Bosworth lets the reader draw conclusions about what led to Crum's suicide. It's a horrible story and bears repeating, over and over again.

Bosworth is also good at delineating the personality and actions of her mother, a charming hostess who was also capable of drowning puppies in the bathtub.

Finally, the description of 1940's upper-middle-class milieu is superbly done.