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Description - Obscene in the Extreme by Rick Wartzman

Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath, when it was published in April 1939. By May, it was the nations number one bestseller, but in Kern County, California-the Joads newfound home-the book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves. Obscene in the Extreme tells the remarkable story behind this fit of censorship. When W. B. Bill Camp, a giant cotton and potato grower, presided over its burning in downtown Bakersfield, he declared: We are angry, not because we were attacked but because we were attacked by a book obscene in the extreme sense of the word. But Gretchen Knief, the Kern County librarian, bravely fought back. If that book is banned today, what book will be banned tomorrow?Obscene in the Extreme serves as a window into an extraordinary time of upheaval in America-a time when, as Steinbeck put it, there seemed to be a revolution ...going on.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586483319
ISBN-10: 1586483315
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 8-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rick Wartzman

Rick Wartzman is director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University and an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He spent two decades as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is co-author, with Mark Arax, of the award-winning bestseller The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire.