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"A memorable and moving book about a man -- indeed, a family -- of Fritzgeraldian proportions -- a distinguished and gripping American saga". -- Todd Gitlin, Chicago TribuneThrough the prism of her father's life as a lawyer and well-known political activist, Patricia Bosworth sheds light on an important era in modern American history -- from the heady, hope-filled days of "A memorable and moving book about a man -- indeed, a family -- of Fritzgeraldian proportions -- a distinguished and gripping American saga". -- Todd Gitlin, Chicago TribuneThrough the prism of her father's life as a lawyer and well-known political activist, Patricia Bosworth sheds light on an important era in modern American history -- from the heady, hope-filled days of Roosevelt's New Deal to the dawn of the Cold War. In the course of a remarkable career, Bartley Crum represented movie stars and labor leaders, advised presidents and presidential hopefuls, emerged as a key figure in the creation of Israel, and became a forceful voice for civil rights. But when his defense of the Hollywood Ten made him a target of the FBI's andcommunist hysteria, public pressures and personal demons brought his once-charmed life to a tragic end. Interweaving public and private vignettes, his daughter's memoir re-creates Crum's life and times with rare and moving honesty. "Consider this beautiful, saddening book on a par with Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy....It is an extraordinary document...written with blood and tears". -- Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World "Extraordinary...as beautifully written as any memoir I have ever read". -- Charles Kaiser, The New York Observer


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"A memorable and moving book about a man -- indeed, a family -- of Fritzgeraldian proportions -- a distinguished and gripping American saga". -- Todd Gitlin, Chicago TribuneThrough the prism of her father's life as a lawyer and well-known political activist, Patricia Bosworth sheds light on an important era in modern American history -- from the heady, hope-filled days of "A memorable and moving book about a man -- indeed, a family -- of Fritzgeraldian proportions -- a distinguished and gripping American saga". -- Todd Gitlin, Chicago TribuneThrough the prism of her father's life as a lawyer and well-known political activist, Patricia Bosworth sheds light on an important era in modern American history -- from the heady, hope-filled days of Roosevelt's New Deal to the dawn of the Cold War. In the course of a remarkable career, Bartley Crum represented movie stars and labor leaders, advised presidents and presidential hopefuls, emerged as a key figure in the creation of Israel, and became a forceful voice for civil rights. But when his defense of the Hollywood Ten made him a target of the FBI's andcommunist hysteria, public pressures and personal demons brought his once-charmed life to a tragic end. Interweaving public and private vignettes, his daughter's memoir re-creates Crum's life and times with rare and moving honesty. "Consider this beautiful, saddening book on a par with Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy....It is an extraordinary document...written with blood and tears". -- Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World "Extraordinary...as beautifully written as any memoir I have ever read". -- Charles Kaiser, The New York Observer

30 review for Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The FBI kept a secret dossier on him. He was a confidante to stars; adviser to politicians; and lawyer to the likes of William Randolph Hearst, Rita Hayworth, and the blacklisted Hollywood Ten, whom he defended during the House Un-American Activities Committee trials of 1947. Bartley C. Crum was also Patricia Bosworth's father—a frequently absent, unrelentingly principled, and stubbornly self-destructive one. A searingly honest memoir in which the author investigates and exposes her own parents The FBI kept a secret dossier on him. He was a confidante to stars; adviser to politicians; and lawyer to the likes of William Randolph Hearst, Rita Hayworth, and the blacklisted Hollywood Ten, whom he defended during the House Un-American Activities Committee trials of 1947. Bartley C. Crum was also Patricia Bosworth's father—a frequently absent, unrelentingly principled, and stubbornly self-destructive one. A searingly honest memoir in which the author investigates and exposes her own parents and the ways in which she herself could not look at the truth about them. Tough, well written and painful. The damage that HUAC and Hoover and Joe McCarthy did spread far beyond the obvious victims to engulf families and friends.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan Williams

    A sad and wonderful book What an amazing life the author's family had. Her father, Bart Crum, was an extremely talented lawyer, fixer, mover and shaker not only in the Hollywood community but also in high levels of diplomatic government. Her mother was beautiful, had exquisite taste in furnishings, lifestyle and entertaining the good and the great. However, she was deeply dissatisfied with her husband's constant business away from home and sought comfort outside the marriage. This left two rather A sad and wonderful book What an amazing life the author's family had. Her father, Bart Crum, was an extremely talented lawyer, fixer, mover and shaker not only in the Hollywood community but also in high levels of diplomatic government. Her mother was beautiful, had exquisite taste in furnishings, lifestyle and entertaining the good and the great. However, she was deeply dissatisfied with her husband's constant business away from home and sought comfort outside the marriage. This left two rather parentless children to make do as best they could with the result that the author's brother committed suicide. Her father never recovered from this, nor did the marriage, and he subsequently ended his life with a seconal overdose after numerous tries earlier. A bit too much information for me about the Communist witch hunts during which Bart defended many of the accused and was mostly blacklisted himself as a result. Anyway, a great insight into a very important time in American history post WWII. Very rich in detail about an impressive family and the inner and outer workings of a marriage.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mezaraups

    Really enjoyed the exploration of a dysfunctional family and the history od the times. Bartley Crum was in every main movement and seem to know everybody and watching a pre-eminent personality derail was also an interesting study. Many of these events took place as I was growing up and it was also interesting to line up my own life against these events. The Truman era was a contentious political time...the hunt for Commies, the Hollywood Ten, the FBI as run by J. Edgar Hoover, attempts at a thir Really enjoyed the exploration of a dysfunctional family and the history od the times. Bartley Crum was in every main movement and seem to know everybody and watching a pre-eminent personality derail was also an interesting study. Many of these events took place as I was growing up and it was also interesting to line up my own life against these events. The Truman era was a contentious political time...the hunt for Commies, the Hollywood Ten, the FBI as run by J. Edgar Hoover, attempts at a third party, ultra conservatives in power...lessons for today.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Patricia Bosworth, the author, is the daughter of one of the Hollywood 10 attorneys. Unlike most histories of the McCarthy period and the challenges to Hollywood, this vantage point is less self-congratulatory and focuses more on the moral complexities of the investigations and efforts to chill speech. Her father was one of the only attorneys not aligned with the communist party, and instead came from a liberal Republican perspective about the importance of freedom of speech and association. His Patricia Bosworth, the author, is the daughter of one of the Hollywood 10 attorneys. Unlike most histories of the McCarthy period and the challenges to Hollywood, this vantage point is less self-congratulatory and focuses more on the moral complexities of the investigations and efforts to chill speech. Her father was one of the only attorneys not aligned with the communist party, and instead came from a liberal Republican perspective about the importance of freedom of speech and association. His devotion to hopeless causes made him both a charismatic and tragic figure in the end.

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    Sloan

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