Red Scared!

Red Scared!

The Commie Menace in Propaganda and Popular Culture

Book - 2001
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Grand Central Pub
Not long ago, Communists seemed to be everywhere: among our politicians, neighbors, favorite actors--even in our drinking water.Red Scared! is a wry tour of the frosty decades of Soviet and American adversity, when anti-Communist hysteria produced fairly hysterical pop-culture items. The voluminous propaganda that the United States produced to combat the Red Menace--not only officially, but in books, films, magazines, games, and more--is explored and vibrantly reproduced here. With a colorful text that serves as a useful historical overview, daring tales from government agents, plot synopses and lurid covers of unintentionally funny pulp novels, and much more, Red Scared! brings the Cold War back home again--this time around with humor (and relief)

Book News
A wry, color presentation of vintage books, pamphlets, articles, films, and comics that so marvelously illustrate the phenomenon of Red-baiting during its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s. A preface discusses the history of anti-Communism in the US; each chapter begins with a chronology and discusses the social and political context in which the popular art was produced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Red Scared! reproduces the books, films, magazines, posters, games, and other media that trumpeted the Commie threat. Vivid renditions in pulp novels and films of menacing Commie commissars and evil, anti-Capitalist militarists haunted governmental crackdowns on suspected spy rings and the notorious McCarthy years.
Red Scared! offers valuable lessons from the vault on how to identify Communists, media reports on the jolly side of Stalin, guidelines for bomb shelter chic, and much more. As they did in their other lively pop-culture histories, Teenage Confidential and Wedding Bell Blues, Michael Barson and Steven Heller once again bring the nearly forgotten details of American culture into full relief with Red Scared!

Hachette Book Group
Not long ago, Communists seemed to be everywhere: among our politicians, neighbors, favorite actors--even in our drinking water. Red Scared! is a wry tour of the frosty decades of Soviet and American adversity, when anti-Communist hysteria produced fairly hysterical pop-culture items. The voluminous propaganda that the United States produced to combat the Red Menace--not only officially, but in books, films, magazines, games, and more--is explored and vibrantly reproduced here. With a colorful text that serves as a useful historical overview, daring tales from government agents, plot synopses and lurid covers of unintentionally funny pulp novels, and much more, Red Scared! brings the Cold War back home again--this time around with humor (and relief)

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780811828871
0811828875
Branch Call Number: 973.9 BAR
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Heller, Steven

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