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Ayn Rand and Song of Russia


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Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 A Note on the Hollywood Ten and the Lubyanka Thousand Part 3 Part I: Distorting Facts: Song of Russia Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Song of Russia: A Synopsis Chapter 5 Chapter 2. The Making of Song of Russia Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Reactions to Song of Russia Part 7 Part II: Ayn Rand's 1947 HUAC Testimony Chapter 8 Chapter 4. From Russia to Washington, D.C., via Hollywood Chapter 9 Chapter 5. Ayn Rand on the House Un-American Activities Committee Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Big Lies: Song of Russia versus Soviet Russia-An Analysis of Ayn Rand's HUAC Testimony, Part 1 Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Noble Lies: Reflecting the Standard Defense of Song of Russia-An Analysis of Ayn Rand's HUAC Testimony, Part 2 Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Russian Smiles: The Leftist Response to Ayn Rand's HUAC Testimony Part 13 Conclusion Part 14 Appendix 1: Ayn Rand's HUAC Testimony Part 15 Appendix 2: Files on Song of Russia at the Margaret Herrick Library Part 16 Appendix 3: From the FBI Files: The Schedule for the 1947 HUAC Hearings Part 17 Appendix 4: From the FBI Files: The Motion Picture Alliance and the "Other Blacklist" Part 18 Select Bibliography Part 19 Index Part 20 About the Author

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Robert Mayhew is Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University. He has written two books on Aristotle, translated a play of Aristophanes, and edited four collections of works by or about Ayn Rand, including Essays on Ayn Rand's We the Living (Lexington, 2004).


Including an excellent bibliography, this volume is a welcome addition to all collections that include works on HUAC and the Hollywood film industry. Highly recommended. All levels. * CHOICE *
...Mayhew feels passionately about his subject, which he presents in exhaustive detail. * American Communist History *
In October 1947, Ayn Rand testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was investigating communist infiltration of the movie industry. The focus of her testimony was Song of Russia, a pro-Soviet film that Rand decried for its unrealistically flattering portrait of life under communism in her native country. Mayhew (philosophy, Seton Hall, U., NJ) examines the film and the furor that surrounded Rand's testimony. He provides a detailed history of the 1944 film's production and reception as well as an analysis of Rand's much-maligned HUAC appearance and the response to it. His study allows for a re-evaluation of the role of communism in Hollywood, the nature of the HUAC, and even the famously blacklisted Hollywood Ten. Of interest to those studying the life and thought of Rand, the history of Hollywood communism, or American film. * Reference and Research Book News *

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