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Patriotic Pick for December 2019

Patriotic Picks

Scoundrel Time, The Financier and Death Be Not Proud

Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman; The Financier by Theodore Dreiser; Death Be Not Proud by John J. Gunther

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

  • Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman. In gripping detail, the activist/playwright recounts her surreal — and fraught — experience of being hauled in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy era.
  • The Financier by Theodore Dreiser. Greed, backstabbing, and the relentless pursuit of power take center stage in this caustic, cautionary tale of the American Dream gone horribly wrong.
  • Death Be Not Proud by John J. Gunther. Stricken with a fatal brain tumor, 17-year-old Johnny nonetheless perseveres with tremendous maturity and goodwill in this heartbreaking memoir written by his grieving father.

Patriotic Picks is a monthly feature in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.