A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy

A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy

by David M. Oshinsky
     
 

Acclaimed historian David Oshinsky's chronicling of the life of Senator Joe McCarthy has been called both "nuanced" and "masterful." In this new paperback edition Oshinsky presents us with a work heralded as the finest account available of Joe McCarthy's colorful career. With a storyteller's eye for the dramatic and presentation of fact, and

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Acclaimed historian David Oshinsky's chronicling of the life of Senator Joe McCarthy has been called both "nuanced" and "masterful." In this new paperback edition Oshinsky presents us with a work heralded as the finest account available of Joe McCarthy's colorful career. With a storyteller's eye for the dramatic and presentation of fact, and insightful interpretation of human complexity, Oshinsky uncovers the layers of myth to show the true McCarthy. His book reveals the senator from his humble beginnings as a hardworking Irish farmer's son in Wisconsin to his glory days as the architect of America's Cold War crusade against domestic subversion; a man whose advice if heeded, some believe, might have halted the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia and beyond.
A Conspiracy So Immense reveals the internal and external forces that launched McCarthy on this political career, carried him to national prominence, and finally triggered his decline and fall. More than the life of an intensly- even pathologically- ambitious man however, this book is a fascinating portrait of America in the grip of Cold War fear, anger, suspician, and betrayal.
Complete with a new Foreword, A Conspiracy So Immense will continue to keep in the spotlight this historical figure-a man who worked so hard to prosecute "criminals" whose ideals work against that of his- for America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154245
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/29/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
913,733
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1.Beginnings1
2.G.I. Judge21
3.Gunning for the Senate36
4.The Pepsi-Cola Kid53
5.Rock Bottom72
6.The Red Bogey in America, 1917-195085
7.Wheeling103
8.Battle of the Billygoats115
9.Stand or Fall130
10.The Lattimore Connection139
11.Declaration of Conscience158
12.The Fourth Estate179
13."An Infamy So Black ..."191
14."Slimy Creatures"203
15.Tydings's Revenge214
16.Ike226
17.Gearing for Battle247
18.Voices Within the Voice265
19.Of Diplomats and Greek Ships286
20.Friends and Enemies301
21.A Discouraging Summer315
22.The Monmouth Hearings330
23.White House Blues345
24.Who Promoted Peress?355
25.The Chicken Luncheon372
26."The Fault, Dear Brutus"390
27.Setting the Ground Rules405
28.The Hearings Begin416
29.Executive Privilege435
30.The Eleven Memoranda446
31."So Reckless, So Cruel"457
32.Censure472
33.Final Years495
Notes509
Selective Bibliography565
Index581

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