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Howard Fast
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Howard Fast's life, from a rough-and-tumble Jewish New York street kid to the rich and famous author of close to 100 books, rivals the Horatio Alger myth. Author of bestsellers such as Citizen Tom Paine, Freedom Road, My Glorious Brothers, and Spartacus, Fast joined the American Communist Party in 1943 and remained a loyal member until 1957, despite being imprisoned for contempt of Congress. Gerald Sorin illuminates the connections among Fast's Jewishness, his writings, and his left-wing politics and explains Fast's attraction to the Party and the reasons he stayed in it as long as he did. Recounting the story of his private and public life with its adventure and risk, love and pain, struggle, failure, and success, Sorin also addresses questions such as the relationship between modern Jewish identity and radical movements, the consequences of political myopia, and the complex interaction of art, popular culture, and politics in 20th-century America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. Paradise Postponed
  2. pp. 11-43
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  1. 2. The War against Fascism
  2. pp. 44-71
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  1. 3. The Life of the Party
  2. pp. 72-106
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  1. 4. Cold War, Hot Seat
  2. pp. 107-129
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  1. 5. Banned, Barred, and Besieged
  2. pp. 130-161
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  1. 6. The Myopia of American Communism
  2. pp. 162-188
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  1. 7. Literature and Reality
  2. pp. 189-215
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  1. 8. Free! But Not at Last
  2. pp. 216-243
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  1. 9. Trials and Tribulations
  2. pp. 244-268
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  1. 10. McCarthyism, Stalinism, and the World according to Fast
  2. pp. 269-283
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  1. 11. Culture and the Cold War
  2. pp. 284-306
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  1. 12. Things Fall Apart; the Left Cannot Hold
  2. pp. 307-334
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  1. 13. Fast Forward
  2. pp. 335-363
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  1. 14. Life in the Fast Lane
  2. pp. 364-385
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  1. 15. Fast and Loose
  2. pp. 386-399
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  1. 16. Fall and Decline
  2. pp. 400-406
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 407-478
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  1. Bibliographic Note
  2. p. 479
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 481-512
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