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False Witness, Paperback / softback Book

False Witness Paperback / softback


In the summer of 1948, with Cold War tensions rising, a young state legislator from Spokane, Washington, named Albert Canwell set out to combat the "communist menace" through a state version of the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

University of Washington professor Melvin Rader was a victim of the Canwell Committee's rush to judgment, but he fought back.

False Witness tells of his struggle to clear his name.

It is a testament of personal courage in the face of mass hysteria and a cautionary example of how basic freedoms can rapidly erode when the powers of the state are allowed to serve a rigid ideological agenda.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780295977027



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