Thirty Years of Treason
Eric Bentley, various authors

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Narrated By: Nathan Dana Aldrich, Theodore Bikel, Claire Bloom, Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Roscoe Lee Browne, Orson Scott Card, Robertson Dean, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison, Richard Gilliland, Kirby Heyborne, Stephen Hoye, Alex Hyde-White, Sunil Malhotra, Coleen Marlo, Richard McGonagle, Jim Meskimen, Arthur Morey, Burt Reynolds, Lee Rosch, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, Christian Rummel, Ted Scott, Dean Sluyter, Jean Smart, Kristoffer Tabori, Molly Underwood, a full cast

Duration: 1 day, 17 hours and 12 minutes

What to expect

A chilling reenactment of the federal government’s anti-Communist investigations

The testimony that Eric Bentley has gleaned for this book from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee focuses on HUAC’s treatment of artists, intellectuals, and performers. This highly dramatic and compelling collection of significant excerpts from the hearings shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a “dignified” manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

Genre

History of the Americas, Far-left political ideologies and movements, Left-of-centre democratic ideologies

Listen to a sample

“We have Bentley to thank for this bittersweet vaudeville show, this congressional cabaret of the absurd, this peptic epic…What he has done is give us HUAC as spectacle, and the perspective is shattering.”

New York Times

“[Portrays] a dark chapter in our nation’s history that needs to be remembered.”

Library Journal

“The basic document with which all future studies of the [House Un-American Activities] Committee will have to begin.”