The Gordon File: A Screenwriter Recalls Twenty Years of FBI by Bernard Gordon

By Bernard Gordon

For twenty-six years, the FBI dedicated numerous hours of employees time and hundreds of thousands of U.S. taxpayer funds to the surveillance of an American citizen named Bernard Gordon. Given the lavish use of assets, one may imagine this guy used to be a danger to nationwide defense or even a kingpin of geared up crime—not a Hollywood screenwriter whose such a lot subversive act was once becoming a member of the Communist get together through the Nineteen Forties once we have been allied with the USSR in a warfare opposed to Germany. For this sincere act of political dissent, Gordon got here to be investigated through the home Committee on Un-American actions in 1952, blacklisted by means of the Hollywood movie undefined, and tailed by way of the FBI for over decades.

In The Gordon File, Bernard Gordon tells the compelling, cautionary tale of his existence lower than Bureau surveillance. Drawing on his FBI dossier of over three hundred pages, which he received less than the liberty of knowledge Act, he strains how the Bureau him from Hollywood to Mexico, Paris, London, Rome, or even aboard a Dutch freighter as he created an surprisingly winning, albeit uncredited, occupation as a screenwriter and manufacturer through the blacklist years. evaluating his real actions in the course of that point to files within the dossier, he pointedly and sometimes humorously underscores how frequently the FBI acquired it improper, from the smallest information of his existence to the most truth of his now not being a danger to nationwide security.

Most very important, Gordon hyperlinks his own adventure to the headlines of at the present time, while the FBI is back assuming huge powers to observe political dissidents it deems a chance to the country. "Is it possible," he asks, "that books like it will aid to maneuver our investigative enterprises from the task of blackmailing those people who are severe of our imperfect democracy to arresting those who find themselves actually out to break us?"

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