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: 01/12/1997
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780295977027