Books: The Singers

NAMING NAMES by Victor S. Navasky; Viking; 482 pages; $15.95

One August day in 1955 Pete Seeger was brought before a House Un-American Activities subcommittee. He was asked, according to the custom of the day, to recite the names of every Communist he knew. The folk singer politely declined, but with a fine sense of the symbolic, offered to stage a little recital for the committee chairman, Francis E. Walter of Pennsylvania: "I know many beautiful songs from your home county."

To sing. To play the canary. To be a stool pigeon....

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