Clancy Sigal's parents were both union organizers, and he was largely raised solely by his mother, Jennie, After a stint in the army Sigal was a union organiser in Detroit, then a talent agent in Hollywood. Escaping the Macarthyite witch-hunts, he emigrated to Great Britain, where he met and commenced a four-year affair with the writer Doris Lessing. He returned to the US, married, and with his wife co-wrote the Oscar-winning 2002 Salma Hayek movie Frida. He died in 2017.
'Superbly evokes the Cold War fears of communist subversion, the hidden FBI microphones, subpoenas, and the naming of names ... What stands revealed is a hypocritical culture and society ... Sigal's prose style is that of the secret agent in the macho gun-toting sense, with a side-of-the-mouth, shoulder-holster private-eye delivery out of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett.'-- Mail on Sunday