Life and Times of Joe McCarthy: A Biography / Edition 1by Thomas liC. Reeves
Pub. Date: 08/29/1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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This purports to be a straight biography and claims to be 'balanced.' Well, I was always opposed to McCarthy, but this is not a balanced book. It simply is not well-done--it is superficial even tho its author, a professor at a branch of the U. of Wisconsin, supposedly spent six years at the book. Except for finding for McCarthy on the Lustron affair, the book berates McCarthy for nearly everything else. Instead of being analytic, the book often pretends to convey fact with adjectives like 'ultra-conservative,'Far Right,' 'liberal,' all indicating an effort to analyze by label. If the author spent 6 years and did as poor a job as this, I suppose a decent job would take much longer. This book enjoys quoting secondary sources instead of primary sources. Just a small instance: there is a statement McCarthy inserted an item in the Congressional Record--the footnote cites, not the Congressional Record, but a book by somebody! This I find pure laziness on the author's part, and it show me Reeves is no scholar.