Red Scare in the Green Mountains

Rick Winston
photo courtesy of Bear Pond Books

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood, and New York City, the Green Mountain state challenged the national narrative with its own fascinating stories.

Here are nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during "scoundrel time," including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy.  Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely by the day. Learn more.

Upcoming Book/Author Events

Friday, July 27 | 2:00pm
Bookstock Festival
Woodstock, VT
The History Center
Friday, September 21 | 6:00pm
Everyone's Books
Brattleboro, VT
Monday, July 30 | noon
A Conversation with Ric Cengari
VPR's "Vermont Edition"
Tuesday, September 25 | 6:30pm
Conversation with VT historian, Richard Watts
Phoenix Books
Burlington, VT
Tuesday, August 7 | 9:00am
A conversation with Joseph Gainza
"Gathering Peace"
WGDR, 91.1 FM
Wednesday, September 26 | 7:00pm
Phoenix Books
Rutland, VT
Tuesday, August 7 | 7:00pm
Conversation with Charles Morrissey 
and book signing
Galaxy Bookshop
Hardwick, VT
Thursday, September 26 | 6:30pm
Presentation on the Hollywood Blacklist & book signing
Hudson Area Library
Hudson, NY
Thursday, August 16 | 5:00pm
Reading and book signing
Bartleby's Books 
Wilmington, VT
Saturday, October 4 | Tentative
Sponsored by Kimball Public Library
Time and Place TBD
Wednesday, August 22 | 6:00pm
Part of summer reading series 
Aldrich Public Library 
Milne Community Room 
Barre, VT
Thursday, October 11 | 6:00pm
Conversation with David Goodman 
Bridgeside Books 
Waterbury, VT
Thursday, September 13 | Tentative
Ludlow Town Hall, sponsored by The Book Nook
Ludlow, VT
Thursday, October 18 | noon
Reading and book signing
"Lunch and Learn" series
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue
Burlington, VT
Tuesday, September 18 |7:00pm
Bear Pond Books presents a reading
The Hayes Room
Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Montpelier, VT
Sunday, October 21 | 4:00pm
Reading and book signing
Jewish Community of Greater Stowe
Stowe Synagogue

Coverage and Praise for Red Scare in the Green Mountains

Exciting news! A update from Rick says "Bear Pond just recently posted on their FB page that Red Scare in the Green Mountains was one of the 5 best sellers of the last month."

A Conversation with Jim Higgins
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Counterpunch, Ron Jacobs
"a...nuanced look at Vermont's reputation of tolerance."
"very readable and visually appealing..."
"a straightforward telling of a period in US history and it's effect on the small towns and cities of Vermont."

VT Digger, Susan Green

"It explores how this once "rock-ribbed Republican" rural state was pulled into the bitter nationwide conflict, how even in Vermont ordinary citizens were seized by an obsessive desire to denounce their neighbors."