Actor/Director Steve Buscemi Praises Important Book Concerning Pete Seeger and the Blacklist

BOARDWALK EMPIRE star Buscemi calls PETE SEEGER VS. THE UN-AMERICANS "Excellent, a truly enjoyable and informative read."
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NEWPORT, R.I. - Dec. 10, 2014 - PRLog -- Edward Renehan's Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist has earned unqualified praise since its publication in the spring of 2014. Noted British musician and activist Billy Bragg says: "Renehan does a great job of shining a light into this dark episode of American history." And Arthur Goldwag, author of the critically-acclaimed The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right, describes the book as "fascinating, surprising, moving, inspiring."

Now Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi - also widely known for his starring roles in such films as Fargo, Con Air, Reservoir Dogs, Armegeddon, and The Big Lebowski - chimes in with similar praise. Buscemi calls the book: "Excellent, a thorughly enjoyable and informative read."

Renehan, a longtime friend of folksinger Seeger and his wife Toshi, tells the tale of Seeger's blacklisting and his long legal battle with the United States government over his refusal to answer quetions before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. Seeger was eventually convicted on several counts of Contempt of Congress, and sentenced to a year in Federal Prison (these convictions subsquently overturned on appeal). In the course of all this, Seeger's blacklisting brought him from fat paychecks as a member of the Top 40 group The Weavers to playing solo at summer camps for honorariums sometimes as low as $25. The one thing he could put into the bank was his integrity.

Renehan draws on heretofore untapped sources to paint a far more in-depth picture of this troubled, heroic time in Seeger's life than has ever been possible before. Thus no Seeger fan, folk afficianado, or student of the blacklist should miss the opportunity to read Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist.

The book is available in Kindle, paper and audio editions from Amazon and other sellers. Kindle: $3.99. Paper: $15.00. Audio: $6.95.

Edward Renehan is the principal of New Street Communications, LLC, a digital-native publishing firm based in Wickford, RI. He has written numerous books including The Secret Six (Crown/Random House), The Lion's Pride (Oxford Univeristy Press), The Kennedys at War (Doubleday), and Dark Genius of Wall Street (Basic Books).

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