Travails of a radical patriot

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“Think of this story as a wheel,” David Maraniss writes in an author’s note at the beginning of his new book, A Good American Family.  “The hearing in Room 740 is the hub where all the spokes connect.

”   Room 740 in Detroit’s Federal Building was where Maraniss’s father, Elliott, was summoned to appear before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) one day in 1952, to answer charges that he was a member of the Communist Party. Simply being subpoenaed to appear had.

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