Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite (Reprint Edition) by Robert D. Kaplan

By Robert D. Kaplan

A tight-knit staff heavily associated via intermarriage in addition to category and old-fashioned ties, the “Arabists” have been women and men who spent a lot in their lives residing and dealing within the Arab international as diplomats, army attaches, intelligence brokers, scholar-adventurers, and academics. As such, the Arabists exerted significant impact either as profession diplomats and as bureaucrats in the kingdom division from the early 19th century to the current. yet over the years, as this paintings indicates, the gang more and more misplaced contact with a speedily altering American society, growing to be either extra insular and headstrong and exhibiting a marked tendency to say the Arab perspective. Drawing on interviews, memoirs, and different reliable and personal resources, Kaplan reconstructs the 100-year historical past of the Arabist elite, demonstrating their profound impact on American attitudes towards the center East, and tracing their decline as an inflow of ethnic and neighborhood experts has remodeled the nation division and challenged the ability of the outdated elite.

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52 The screenwriter Philip Dunne also denies that Sorrell was a Red: ‘‘I knew Herb and he wasn’t a Communist at all. ’’ 53 My own conclusion is that Sorrell was not a Communist: in fact, he squabbled with the Communists frequently. However, charging him with being a Red was useful in destabilizing  and bolstering . 26 11:23 OCV:0 CLASS STRUGGLE IN HOLLYWOOD moved to Alabama and then to California. Raised a Methodist and baptized in the Baptist church, he showed few signs during his early life of aspiring to be a Communist.

149 For the  film Dead Reckoning, the producers wanted to include a large bar in a nightclub scene. However, the construction could not take place without a jurisdictional argument between  Local  and ’s Carpenters Local  over who would be in charge. 151 Diminishing such disputes provided another motivation for the moguls to seek the weakening of union strength. Why were there so many jurisdictional problems in Hollywood? B. B. Kahane, a vice president at Columbia, said that in other factories, contentious issues are debated and settled.

Such weaknesses led him ineluctably into conflict with the Communist Party, which prided itself—inter alia—on its staunch defense of African Americans. Many Communists viewed Herb Sorrell with some contempt. The Los Angeles party’s labor secretary, Ben Dobbs—whose father was a studio painter—felt that ‘‘it was a horror to listen to this man. . [H]e would scratch his head and look at me and say . . ’’ After  had made itself vulnerable to the  lockout, Dobbs recalled sadly that this defeat ‘‘just swept the progressive movement straight out of the AF of L here in [Los Angeles].

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