Two posts in one day. What’s happening here? Actually, I’m waiting for some people to get back to me with responses to questions for two upcoming articles.

Now that I have this renewed motivation for Julius, I thought it would be fun to list the books I’ve read, currently reading, and used as research. In other words, my novel’s bibliography. Once you go through the titles, you’ll have an idea of the general theme of the story.

Drum roll, please . . . and here they are:


  • Men in Battle, by Alvah Bessie
  • Alvah Bessie’s Spanish Civil War Notebooks, edited by Dan Bessie
  • Inquisition in Eden, by Alvah Bessie
  • Alvah Bessie’s Short Fictions, by Alvah Bessie
  • The Un-Americans, by Alvah Bessie
  • Spain Again, by Alvah Bessie
  • Rare Birds, by Dan Bessie
  • The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case, by Sam Roberts
  • Ethel Rosenberg: Beyond the Myths, by Ilene Phillipson
  • New Masses Anthology, edited by Joseph North
  • The Inquisition in Hollywood, by Larry Ceplair and Steven Englund
  • Red Scare: Memories of the American Inquisition, by Griffin Fariello
  • Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, by Sharon Zukin
  • Dorothy Healey Remembers: A Life in the American Communist Party, by Dorothy Healey and Maurice Isserman
  • Legacy of a False Promise: A Daughter’s Reckoning, by Margaret Fuchs Singer
  • The Spanish Civil War, by Hugh Thomas
  • The Marx-Engels Reader, edited by Robert C Tucker
  • The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, and Revenge, by Paul Preston
  • The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction, by Helen Graham
  • A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York, by Tony Michels
  • Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth Century America, by Ted Morgan
  • Many are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America, by Ellen Schrecker
  • Naming Names, by Victor S. Navasky
  • Thirty Years of Treason: Excerpts of  Hearings before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 1938-1968, edited by Eric Bentley
  • The Roots of American Communism, by Theodore Draper
  • The Communist Party of the United States: From the Depression to World War II, by Fraser Ottanelli
  • The Politics of Fear: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Senate, by Robert Griffith
  • Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell
  • Comrades, by Harry Fisher
  • Facing Fascism: New York & The Spanish Civil War, by Peter N. Carroll and James D. Fernandez
  • The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, by Peter N. Carroll
  • The Passionate War: The Narrative History of the Spanish Civil War, by Peter Wyden
  • Blood of Spain: An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War, by Ronald Fraser
  • The Rise and Fall of Communism, by Archie Brown
  • Ten Days That Shook the World, by John Reed
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, edited by Frederic L. Bender
  • The Essential Marx, edited by Leon Trotsky
  • My Life, by Leon Trotsky
  • Lower East Side Tourbook, by Oscar Israelowitz
  • New York Jews and the Great Depression, by Beth S. Wenger
  • Marxian Economics, edited by John Eatwell, Murray Milgate, and Peter Newman
  • The Lower East Side: A Guide to Its Jewish Past in 99 New Photographs, by Ronald Sanders
  • The Screenwriter’s Bible, by David Trottier
  • Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee.
  • How to Start A Magazine and Publish it Profitably, by James B. Koback
  • Paris Inside Out, by David Applefield

That’s it for books. In a few days, I’ll list all the websites and articles.


  • Hi Rebecca,
    I am in search of a Spanish speaking screenwriter with interest on Spain’s Civil War to transform my grandma’s manuscript into a film script.
    Please let me know if you have any leads…
    thank you!

  • Wow, you’ve done a lot of reading in preparation! I’ve done the same for my travel memoir — and continue reading in that genre not only to familiarize myself with what’s out there, but because I enjoy it!

    Thanks for the dog advice on my blog. It really helps to hear from someone who’s been there.

    • Thanks for reading! It’s crazy all the reading I’ve done. And now I’m paralyzed with self-doubt. I’ve been reading a lot of books on craft plus the feedback I received (more action and conflict) has me doubting the entire premise of the story.

      I love reading all about the Hollywood Ten. I just reread Inquisition in Eden by Alvah Bessie and every time I read it, I discover something new. Hopefully, I can get shake this self-doubt and rework Julius.

      I just left another Coop comment. I love that M&D left you a comment.