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.
Sometimes a very special work comes along that transcends the usual audiobook hoopla and moves into a realm of vital social importance. This is one of those works.
We have been passionate about this work for over a decade. Eric Bentley, the brilliant scholar, editor, and literary critic who put this tome together, was Stefan’s professor, and we have been trying to get this published on audio for years.
Warning: this is NOT your typical audiobook. This is a period of American history recreated, a trip back in time, straight into the gavel-banging, paper-shuffling courtroom of the era, complete with spirited argument, testimony, and objections. This is “HUAC as spectacle,” which is why we got ourselves some monster talent. Enter Orson Scott Card. Harlan Ellison. Gabrielle de Cuir. John Rubinstein. Richard McGonagle. Alex Hyde-White. Coleen Marlo. Stefan Rudnicki. The result? Passionate performances that will engross today’s listeners just as these trials captivated the public eighty years ago. This piece of audio theater offers an exciting inside look into the past.
Volume 1: 1938-1948 includes testimony from Bertolt Brecht, Ayn Rand, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Hallie Flanagan and many others.