Tells of her confrontation with the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Reveals the goings-on behind her decision not to take the Fifth but to testify about herself - and only herself, the hearing proceedings and why she was not prosecuted, and the effects of blacklisting on her and Dashiell Hammett.
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