Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story

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A memoir by the daughter of famous attorney Bartley C. Crum: “A gripping account not only of Crum but of McCarthyism and its devastating effects” (SFGate).
 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. Anything Your Little Heart Desires is Bosworth’s memoir of life with him, and of the momentous events that shaped his lifetime, from the New Deal to the Cold War and the anti-Communist fervor that jolted American life. Using interviews, journals, letters, and her father’s own files, Bosworth delivers a profoundly personal portrait of the father she never fully knew, and the political forces that shaped a nation. 
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Patricia Bosworth (b. 1933) is a bestselling journalist and biographer. She is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a contributor to the New York Times and the Nation. She was also a Broadway actor for nearly a decade, and now runs the Playwrights/Directors Unit at the Actors Studio. Bosworth has taught nonfiction writing at Columbia University as senior fellow at the National Arts Journalism Program, and has lectured at Barnard, Yale University, and the New School. Her books include Montgomery Clift (1978), Diane Arbus (1984), Marlon Brando (2000), and Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman (2011). 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Jun 5, 2012
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Pages
428
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ISBN
9781453245002
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Lawyers & Judges
History / United States / 20th Century
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
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