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Scott Martelle's Biography

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Irvine, California
Wife, Margaret, is an elementary school teacher in Irvine.
Sep 2008

A freelance journalist and critic (former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times), Scott Martelle is the author of Detroit: A Biography, published in April 2012 by Chicago Review Press.

. He also is the author of The Fear Within: Spies, Commies and American Democracy on Trial, about the Smith Act trial of 11 leaders of the American Communist Party (Rutgers University Press, May 2011). His Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West (Rutgers) was published in 2007 to strong critical acclaim.

Martelle's freelance articles and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Los Angeles Magazine, Orange Coast magazine, Sierra magazine and elsewhere. He also is a co-founder of The Journalism Shop, an informal freelancer co-op of former Los Angeles Times staffers.


A veteran journalist and book critic, influences are too broad and varied to distill.

Upcoming Works

The Fear Within: Spies, Commies and American Democracy on Trial (Rutgers University Press), about the first of the postwar Smith Act trials that destroyed the American Communist Party and helped set the stage for the McCarthy Era. Anticipated publication in Spring 2011.

Working on Detroit: A Biography (Chicago Review Press), about the Motor City, past and present.


Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich, New York City

Recommended Links


Rutgers University Press
Chicago Review Press

Interests & Hobbies

soccer, music, cooking, reading, history, politics