Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies

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Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.

But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The ...

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Overview

Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.

But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’s revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.

Drawing on primary sources—including never-before-published government records and FBI files, as well as recent research gleaned from Soviet archives and intercepted transmissions between Moscow spymasters and their agents in the United States—Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.

Blacklisted by History shows, for instance, that the FBI knew as early as 1942 that J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the atomic bomb project, had been identified by Communist leaders as a party member; that high-level U.S. officials were warned that Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy almost a decade before the Hiss case became a public scandal; that a cabal of White House, Justice Department, and State Department officials lied about and covered up the Amerasia spy case; and that the State Department had been heavily penetrated by Communists and Soviet agents before McCarthy came on the scene.

Evans also shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era (“I have here in my hand . . .”), the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, the matter of leading McCarthy suspect Owen Lattimore, the Annie Lee Moss case, the Army-McCarthy hearings, and much more.

In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. But as Evans writes, “The real Joe McCarthy has vanished into the mists of fable and recycled error, so that it takes the equivalent of a dragnet search to find him.” Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"America, please read this book."
-Glenn Beck

"the greatest book since the Bible"
-Ann Coulter, Creators Syndicate
 
"It takes M. Stanton Evans's meticulous investigative journalism to show what Joe McCarthy's short stay on the national stage (a little under five years, from February 1950 to December 1954) really was about."
-Robert Novak, Weekly Standard
 
"So comprehensive is Evans's research that it will be a foolish historian who does not consult Blacklisted by History when a question arises over some person or event that comes into the McCarthy story."
-John Earl Haynes, co-author, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America
 
"This book will change forever how you think about Sen. McCarthy and the Soviet penetration of the U.S. government and society."
-Bob McMahan, Foreign Service Journal
 
"Evans goes through extensive files and transcripts with complete mastery of complex material and an engaging turn of phrase that makes more than 600 pages of painstaking analysis both a triumph of historical scholarship and a gripping detective story."
-David Ashton, The Salisbury Review
 
"Of the hundreds of books on the McCarthy era, Stan Evans has written the best—a nuanced, incredibly detailed work of scholarship."
-William Schulz, The American Spectator
 
"In this masterful instant classic, M. Stanton Evans sets out to tell the 'Untold Story of Joe McCarthy' and does so definitively."
-Jack Cashill, WorldNetDaily
 
"This is a master newspaperman at work: digging, interviewing the record, pulling apart and putting together the details of deeds done mostly by the politicians who ran our imperfect national government in the nineteen fifties."
-John Willson, Chronicles
 
"After combing through masses of declassified documents from Congress, the FBI, the State Department and other federal agencies, Stan Evans has produced a masterpiece of tru th."
-Terry Jeffrey, Human Events
 
"Evans, a veteran journalist, doesn't shout. He displays, instead, a deadly meticulousness that is, at last, overwhelmingly convincing."
-William Rusher, United Features Syndicate
 
"the most thorough scholarly examination of [McCarthy's] career"
-Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy In Media
 
"brilliantly documented"
-Wes Vernon, RenewAmerica.us
 
"monumental ... the result of six years of reading primary sources. Evans proves that almost everything about McCarthy in current history books is a lie and wil l have to be revised.... one of Reagan's old radio commentaries referred to Evans as 'a very fine journalist.' He is, indeed, but this book shows that he also is a Sherlock Holmes-type detective who chased every clue to find the truth and to write accurate history in elegant prose..... Everyone who henceforth writes about Joe McCarthy will have to check his facts with Evans' documented discoveries."
-Phyllis Schlafly, Creators Syndicate
 

Publishers Weekly

Evans's lively book seeks, first, to demonstrate that Communists worked, often successfully, to undermine American security during the Cold War. It tries, second, to defend Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the egregious scourge of American Communists and fellow travelers, against those who, in Evans's (The Theme Is Freedom) view, have unjustly ruined his reputation. On the first point, save for some new details, Evans, a contributing editor to Human Events, treads worn ground. Most scholars, having also used Soviet archives, concede his position and argue now only over secondary matters, like the guilt of Alger Hiss. On the second point, Evans has a tougher case, which he seeks to make as a defense attorney would: by conceding nothing to McCarthy's detractors. Evans is also given to conspiracy thinking-an approach that, by its nature, yields claims that can neither be confirmed nor falsified. Defense attorneys and debaters like Evans follow different rules than historians-they try to score points, not to advance knowledge. Evans is good at the former, his propulsive style carrying much of the argument's burden. But the history Evans relates is already largely known, if not fully accepted.. 20 illus. (Nov. 6)

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If a book set out to choose the most disreputable American political episode on which to bestow respectable historical standing, Joe McCarthy's era of influence might serve. The Wisconsin senator's brief ascendancy is all but universally seen as a period of shame. In his massively documented work, longtime conservative journalist and editor Evans (former editor, Indianapolis News; The Theme Is Freedom) argues that "the real Joe McCarthy has vanished into the mists of fable and recycled error, so that it takes the equivalent of a dragnet search to find him." In his dragnet, Evans looks closely at FBI files, congressional hearing transcripts, private papers, and other sources, some only recently available, and concludes that just about everything written on McCarthy from his 1950 Wheeling speech to the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings is wrong. Evans's McCarthy, while sometimes lacking nuance, was onto a real problem with the issue of Communists in government, one that his critics, contemporary and ever after, have been less concerned about than they have been with disposing of McCarthy. The author charges most prior historians and biographers with having been light on primary research but steeped in conventional wisdom. His crisply written study may daunt some readers owing to length and may not win over most McCarthy critics. But it will certainly send historians to the primary sources and is recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
—Bob Nardini

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400081066
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 360,793
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Stanton Evans is the author of seven books, including The Theme Is Freedom. A contributing editor at Human Events, he served for many years as director of the National Journalism Center. Evans was previously the editor of the Indianapolis News, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, and a commentator for CBS and Voice of America. He lives near Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents


Third Rail
Prologue: The Search for Joe McCarthy     3
An Enemy of the People     15
The Caveman in the Sewer     26
He Had in His Hand     37
"Stale, Warmed Over Charges"     49
Unthinking the Thinkable     61
Back Story
The Witching Hour     75
The Way It Worked     87
Chungking, 1944     98
Reds, Lies, and Audiotape     110
When Parallels Converged     123
What Hoover Told Truman     135
Inside the State Department     148
Acts of Congress     162
Blowup
Wheeling, 1950     179
Discourse on Method     194
The Tydings Version     206
Eve of Destruction     219
A Fraud and a Hoax     233
Of Names and Numbers     246
The Four Committees     263
File and Forget It     276
All Clear in Foggy Bottom     288
The Man Who Knew Too Much     301
Mole Hunts
The Trouble with Harry     315
A Book of Martyrs     331
Some Public Cases     345
Tempest in a Teacup     360
Little Red Schoolhouse     373
"Owen Lattimore-Espionage R"     385
Dr. Jessup and Mr. Field     399
A Conspiracy So Immense     411
The Battle with Benton     425
Hardball
The Perils of Power     443
Uncertain Voice     455
The Burning of the Books     467
Scott McLeod, Where Are You?     478
The Getting of J. B. Matthews     490
The Moles of Monmouth     502
A Tale of Two Generals     515
The Legend of Annie Lee Moss     528
At War with the Army     542
On Not Having Any Decency     557
End Game
The Sounds of Silence     573
Sentence First, Verdict Later     585
Conclusion: Samson in the Heathen Temple     599
Notes     607
Appendix     631
Acknowledgments     641
Index     644
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  • Posted January 12, 2009

    Beware of Reviews from Persons Who Have Not Read This Book

    I read this book and found it fascinating. Whether you like McCarthy or not, and whether you agree with the author's conclusions or not, this book is well researched and well written. It draws on newly-available material (mostly primary sources from Senate records and declassified FBI files). It even includes photo-copies of relevant documents, including the list of suspected Communist agents who were employed by the US Federal Government. <BR/><BR/>Beware of review by people who have not bothered to read the book, and who are merely expressing their political viewpoints.

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2007

    Outstanding. Informative. Truthful. Viciously hated by the American left.

    If one were to attend a public university book burning these days 'conducted by leftists, of course...conservatives aren't afraid of the truth', this book, along with the Bible and anything written by Ann Coulter would form the bulk of the blazing pile of 'politically incorrect' books that are banned, burned, and blasted by the American left. Don't read this book if you can't handle the truth. It will change the way you look at American culture.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Eye opening Truth!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. The research to complete this book was amazing I hope that this quality information becomes public knowledge to all Americans. Keep up the great work.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    Bringing a little light to the dark ages

    It is intellectually enlightening to finally read a researched book on a non likable politico. The usual dribble concerning Joe McC. is too obvious with the political slant well intended to cover the late 40's and 50's verbal left mask. The obvious research that is this book was needed to uncover the seedy cover of the hearings and Roy Cohn and the shrill media attack force. Joe was anything but perfect and had warts but so did the forces that still today want to throw more dirt on McCarthy's long rotted corpse. The book should be given more light in the media contrary to Archie Bunker's kid Kay.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    A reviewer

    Evans has written a book that arch-conservatives of the Ann Coulter school can happily rally around and praise to the heavens. Indeed, Coulter herself did this quite literally when she called it 'the greatest book since the Bible' (no, I'm not making that up). Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, no serious student of history will find any reason to rethink the 'conventional wisdom' on McCarthy in this volume. Evans is to be credited for putting a lot of work into his research, but despite his pretensions to the contrary, his labors failed to turn up anything of significance. To any rational reader with a mote of critical thinking skills, Joseph McCarthy's body still lies at the end of this book where it has lain for 50 years: In the grave of a malicious liar. The last semi-scholarly attempt to revise history and 'rehabilitate' McCarthy was Arthur Herman's 'Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator'. In that book, Herman could usually be relied on to report the facts honestly. Only after giving the facts would he move heaven and earth to invent excuses for his hero. For example, Herman reports that McCarthy lied, often and extravigantly and on-record, about his military career. But Herman then hastens to tell us that other politicians have been known to exaggerate their wartime exploits, implying that that makes it okay. And when McCarthy launched his career as an anti- communist with his pathetic and largely fictional 'lists' of 57 or 81 or 205 communists in government service, Herman tells us McCarthy 'was making a good point badly'. Evans doesn't follow this game plan. His book is more deeply researched than Herman's, but it's also far less honest. Evans isn't interested in any facts that don't make McCarthy look like a hero. Thus, the sticky issue of the Great Man's military service is swept under the rug with a single misleading sentence: 'There would be wrangles later about the citations he received for his wartime service and the number of missions he flew...' The only 'wrangles' over these points were between McCarthy and the truth. Similarly, Evans spends one entire chapter of his book, exerting vast and strenuous efforts of research, to establish that maybe, just possibly, McCarthy used the number '57' in his Wheeling, WV speech as the number of 'card-carrying Communists' he claimed were in the State Department, rather than the number '205' that most historians believe he used. (McCarthy used '205' in the written copy of the speech he gave to reporters, but according to Evans it was disgracefully dishonest of those reporters to actually use this document.) Well that's just fine, though no historian or biographer has ever denied that this was a possibility, and in any case Evans ignores the vastly-more-important fact that either number was a complete and utter fabrication on McCarthy's part. Though he tries to hurry the reader past the issue, his own words make it clear that McCarthy didn't have anything remotely resembling a list of 57 'communists' in the State Department. The book is comprised entirely of deceptions like this. Many more examples could be given, but the basic pattern is the same: focus on some irrelevant detail that makes McCarthy look good and his opponents look bad, and ignore the larger truth. Early in the book, 100 pages are expended in a rapid-fire jumble of names the names of communists in America, of people who had 'contact' with communists, were roommates of communists, who had spouses with cousins who had once been seen with communists, etc., etc. It's obvious, even from Evans' own words, that the evidence against many of these people exists only in Evans' imagination (and before Evans, in the hugely overactive imagination of J. Edgar Hoover). This is all the more obvious to readers who know a lit

    5 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    An Enlightening History

    It is curious that the reputation of a man can be so distorted that the truth about him is doubtful. Such is the reputation of Joseph R. McCarthy, a man reviled almost as much as Adolf Hitler. The author begins writing this book by ignoring all of the sources traditionally used by academicians and historians and consults only the official records. Evans¿ examination of the official records reveals many surprising twists and the truth about Joe McCarthy. Many will not believe Evans conclusions, despite the stacks of official documents and declassified FBI recordings backing him up, but will instead remain under the influence of propaganda that has its origins in the former Soviet Union. As a history, I find this book to be an excellent account of this period of the Cold War and I have learned a great many things from Evans¿ work, including the fact that the seeds planted by the communists then are now in full bloom today. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the facts concerning the Cold War.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    McCarthy Was Right!

    I've been eagerly anticipating this book for some time now. I was not disappointed it was well worth the wait! Well written, masterfully researched, irrefutable! Proves the maxim that no good deed goes unpunished. Buy it for the useful idiot on your Christmas list!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Highly recommended, well written and solid in documentation

    Dispels many myths surrounding McCarthy but also goes deeply into the history of our 20th century goverment prior to McCarthy and of those opposed to him. It was refreshing to learn that McCarthy wasn't the anti-christ that he sas been labeled as. Cudos to M. Stanton Evans for having the courage to do the outstanding research and putting his work forth in print. This book is "a breath of political fresh air".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

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    Blacklisted and Wronged by History

    This is one of several books that I have read recently regarding the premise of the gradual erosion of American freedom through liberal policies. McCarthy was born at the wrong time, and though he has been selected by the general media for scorn and ridicule, I believe that he was a zealous super patriot who, unfortunately, let his passion take him to extremes of rhetoric and action that did much to harm his own historical record. He was one of several at the forefront of illuminating the communist influence and infiltration of American systems. It is amazing to me how intelligent and well-intentioned people allowed themselves to be used as puppets by a malignant foreign power, but I believe that the American media of the time and the power elite were henchmen in the relegation of McCarthy to the category of an over-zealous extremist and allowed the strenthening of the Communist grasp throughout the world. Communism wasn't yet identified as an obvious villain among the general public, but the political leaders of the US at the time were aware of its danger and allowed it to operate relatively unscathed for fear of connecting its outreach with some well-known and popular American political leaders of the time (including Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman). If McCarthy had been alive now and had access to even a slightly effective public relations machine, the outcome of his efforts would have been entirely different, and we would not be constantly rehabilitating many of the social policies that are taking our nation gradually toward a socialist state in the form of helping the poor and downtrodden. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is honestly looking for new light on the past and seeks what can be learned in order to prevent us from making some of the same mistakes over and over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    Very informative - you won't believe what you will learn!

    A book that details information that McCarthy was putting out was right! The author has put in a lot of research on this book and it is well worth the read. It will really open your eyes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2010

    At The Maple Grove MN Barnes and Noble store, I found this book in the 'New age - Paranormal' section. What? This should be in American History, government, etc. Was this mis-shelving someone's idea of a joke?

    As a child, I remember the news of McCarthy and the congressional hearings, then McCarthy's seeming fall from grace due to misinformation. Seems now, that he was largely correct in his assumptions, but the media and progressives attacked him. Wake up USA.

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