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I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and
fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a
teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s
radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the
McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.
In his heyday as a star-and as a zealous, bullying supporter of
"progressive" political causes-Ira marries Hollywood''s beloved
silent-film star, Eve Frame. Their glamorous honeymoon in her
Manhattan townhouse is shortlived, however, and it is the
publication of Eve''s scandalous bestselling exposé that identifies
him as "an American taking his orders from Moscow."
In this story of cruelty, betrayal, and revenge spilling over into
the public arena from their origins in Ira''s turbulent personal
life, Philip Roth-who Commonweal calls the "master
chronicler of the American twentieth century-has written a
brilliant fictional protrayal of that treacherous postwar epoch
when the anti-Communist fever not only infected national politics
but traumatized the intimate, innermost lives of friends and
families, husbands and wives, parents and children.