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It is a rare privilege to see into the dark corners of the McCarthy Era of American history through the eyes of an actual participant, Dr. Jack S. Harris, an anthropologist and teacher who heeded his country’s call to service at great personal cost. Dr. Harris is a hero who faced the dangers of combat in World War II and the risks of informing the American O.S.S. about Nazi activities in Africa. He served all humanity through the United Nations alongside Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize winner, for eight years. Then he suffered the infamous persecution of Senators Joseph McCarthy and Patrick McCarren, whose false accusations of Communism against loyal Americans ruined many lives and careers.
The author, Dr. A. J. Harris, tells the story of his older brother within a gripping narrative combining actual letters of the subject’s life with details from interviews by journalists and personal experiences with family members. The author achieves authenticity by putting Jack’s actual words and thoughts in italics. His well-crafted prose captures the irony and hypocrisy of Jack’s tormentors as they deny him his civil rights: McCarran demands that Jack surrender his Fifth Amendment rights, saying “this is not a court – it is a hearing.” When Jack refuses either to give up that right or to incriminate other people, he is declared guilty.
The end of the book is both sad and gratifying – sad because a brave and patriotic American is forced to leave his job and his country, but gratifying that Costa Ricans needed and welcomed him as an entrepreneur who would lead their budding democracy into a thriving economy and infrastructure. He raised two sons in Costa Rica, both of whom became successful professionals.The virtues of this book are numerous. It is well written, keeping the reader in suspense during Jack’s most dangerous escapades, rounding out the main characters to full and realistic humanity.
This biographical novel carries with it a solemn lesson from history: corruption of elected officials can happen, even in America, and unchecked fanaticism can destroy not only innocent individuals, but democracy itself.
It’s a good read – highly recommended.
Helen Heightsman Gordon, M.A., Ed.D.
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A gripping tale

By Ronald M. Sharrow on February 27, 2014

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I have read an enjoyed all of Dr. Harris’s books. I found Farewell to be a gripping tale about a real hero who survived the horrors of the McCarthy period. Unlike his other books, this one has some historical significance which adds another dimension to Dr. Harris’s work. It was a great read!

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The story is great. The writing (or editing) is weak. I learned a great deal about the times when I was a kid growing up and not paying much attention to history in the making. What a terrible time in the story of our nation! The witch hunt for supposed communist sympathizers was not pretty. Seeing the period through the eyes of one who went through it was revealing. However, the gaps and time jumps in the book were often confusing. Even so, I would recommend it as important reading.

 

Insightful and compelling

By Glowac Harris Inc Harris on November 29, 2013

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Insight as to how poorly our citizens were treated by McCarthy and his cronies. A real black eye for our system.

 

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