A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 9780641845284
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2005
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Oshinsky is George Littlefield Professor of American History at the University of Texas. His previous books include Worse than Slavery: Parchman farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow, which won the Robert Kennedy prize for its contribution to human rights, and Polio: An American Story (Oxford University Press).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1. Beginnings 1
2. G.I. Judge 21
3. Gunning for the Senate 36
4. The Pepsi-Cola Kid 53
5. Rock Bottom 72
6. The Red Bogey in America, 1917-1950 85
7. Wheeling 103
8. Battle of the Billygoats 115
9. Stand or Fall 130
10. The Lattimore Connection 139
11. Declaration of Conscience 158
12. The Fourth Estate 179
13. "An Infamy So Black ..." 191
14. "Slimy Creatures" 203
15. Tydings's Revenge 214
16. Ike 226
17. Gearing for Battle 247
18. Voices Within the Voice 265
19. Of Diplomats and Greek Ships 286
20. Friends and Enemies 301
21. A Discouraging Summer 315
22. The Monmouth Hearings 330
23. White House Blues 345
24. Who Promoted Peress? 355
25. The Chicken Luncheon 372
26. "The Fault, Dear Brutus" 390
27. Setting the Ground Rules 405
28. The Hearings Begin 416
29. Executive Privilege 435
30. The Eleven Memoranda 446
31. "So Reckless, So Cruel" 457
32. Censure 472
33. Final Years 495
Notes 509
Selective Bibliography 565
Index 581
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