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Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America
     

Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America

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by Ellen Schrecker
 

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From an award-winning McCarthy scholar comes the first post-Cold War exploration of the anticommunist witch-hunt and its devastating impact. Tracing the way that a network of dedicated anticommunists created blacklists and destroyed organizations, this broadbased inquiry reveals the connections between McCarthyism's disparate elements in the belief that understanding

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From an award-winning McCarthy scholar comes the first post-Cold War exploration of the anticommunist witch-hunt and its devastating impact. Tracing the way that a network of dedicated anticommunists created blacklists and destroyed organizations, this broadbased inquiry reveals the connections between McCarthyism's disparate elements in the belief that understanding its terrible mechanics can prevent a repetition. of photos.

Editorial Reviews

Victor Navasky
A valuable contribution for anyone who would understand the dynamics of the domestic cold war. [Schrecker] has provided an alternative framework that does much to put McCarthyism in America in perspective.
The Nation
Henry Mayer
[Schrecker's] thoughtful and earnest new study, Many Are the Crimes, offers the most comprehensive view yet of the process that turned illegal, political, economic, and cultural crusade into 'the home front of the Cold War.'
—(Henry Mayer San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle
William J. Preston
If the national memory is ever to reach closure on this tragic episode, Schrecker's analysis is a significant and compelling contribution.
Los Angeles Times
Hugh Brogan
The great strength of the book is it's attention to structure; quite rightly, Schrecker puts the FBI at the centre of her story (McCarthyism, she suggests, might more aptly have been called "Hooverism") and shows how , in dedicated collaboration with anti-Communist ideologues, reactionary politicians and businessmen determined to roll back the New Deal, the Bureau launched a war on the Organized American Left, and especially on the labour unions.
The Literary Supplement
Los Angeles Times
If the national memory is ever to reach closure on this tragic episode, Schrecker's analysis is a significant and compelling contribution.
— William J. Preston, Jr.
San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
[Schrecker's] thoughtful and earnest new study, Many Are the Crimes, offers the most comprehensive view yet of the process that turned a legal, political, economic, and cultural crusade into 'the home front of the Cold War.'
— Henry Mayer
Time Literary Supplement
Nothing could be more welcome to students and scholars of United States history than the appearance in paperback of Ellen Schrecker's history of the anti-Communist mania which disgraced America in the 1940's and 50's. . . .Schrecker's book is distinguished from its forerunners by its comprehensive scholarship (soundly based in archival research), lucid exposition and calm intelligence.
— Hugh Brogan
American Studies
The book's great value is that it brings together recent work on McCarthyism and wonderfully illuminates the relationships between the component parts of that protean culture, and its own extensive original research enhances its authority. It is a true work of scholarship. The depth of Ellen Schreckert's research, her careful analysis and her elegant prose command respect.
— M.J. Heale
The Nation
A valuable contribution for anyone who would understand the dynamics of the domestic cold war. [Schrecker] has provided an alternative framework that does much to put McCarthyism in America in perspective.
— Victor Navasky
Los Angeles Times - William J. Preston
If the national memory is ever to reach closure on this tragic episode, Schrecker's analysis is a significant and compelling contribution.
San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle - Henry Mayer
[Schrecker's] thoughtful and earnest new study, Many Are the Crimes, offers the most comprehensive view yet of the process that turned a legal, political, economic, and cultural crusade into 'the home front of the Cold War.'
The Nation - Victor Navasky
A valuable contribution for anyone who would understand the dynamics of the domestic cold war. [Schrecker] has provided an alternative framework that does much to put McCarthyism in America in perspective.
Time Literary Supplement - Hugh Brogan
Nothing could be more welcome to students and scholars of United States history than the appearance in paperback of Ellen Schrecker's history of the anti-Communist mania which disgraced America in the 1940's and 50's. . . .Schrecker's book is distinguished from its forerunners by its comprehensive scholarship (soundly based in archival research), lucid exposition and calm intelligence.
American Studies - M.J. Heale
The book's great value is that it brings together recent work on McCarthyism and wonderfully illuminates the relationships between the component parts of that protean culture, and its own extensive original research enhances its authority. It is a true work of scholarship. The depth of Ellen Schreckert's research, her careful analysis and her elegant prose command respect.
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"If the national memory is ever to reach closure on this tragic episode, Schrecker's analysis is a significant and compelling contribution."--William J. Preston, Jr., Los Angeles Times

"[Schrecker's] thoughtful and earnest new study, Many Are the Crimes, offers the most comprehensive view yet of the process that turned a legal, political, economic, and cultural crusade into 'the home front of the Cold War.'"--Henry Mayer, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"A valuable contribution for anyone who would understand the dynamics of the domestic cold war. [Schrecker] has provided an alternative framework that does much to put McCarthyism in America in perspective."--Victor Navasky, The Nation

"Nothing could be more welcome to students and scholars of United States history than the appearance in paperback of Ellen Schrecker's history of the anti-Communist mania which disgraced America in the 1940's and 50's. . . .Schrecker's book is distinguished from its forerunners by its comprehensive scholarship (soundly based in archival research), lucid exposition and calm intelligence."--Hugh Brogan, Time Literary Supplement

"The book's great value is that it brings together recent work on McCarthyism and wonderfully illuminates the relationships between the component parts of that protean culture, and its own extensive original research enhances its authority. It is a true work of scholarship. The depth of Ellen Schreckert's research, her careful analysis and her elegant prose command respect."--M.J. Heale, American Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316774703
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
488,656
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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John Kenneth Galbraith
It's all here, carefully researched, well written, and with a detached view of both the pursuers and the pursued. Excellent.
John Kenneth Galbraith
It's all here, carefully researched, well written, and with a detached view of both the pursuers and the pursued. Excellent.
John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard University

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Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book a thumbs up!! I studied under her at NYU graduate school. It is an indepth book to a black period of American History. The author brings the period to life better than her lectures as I remember on the topic. She fails to give an unbiased account of this period which makes the historiagraphy very easy to interpet. Her account makes one sympathetic to those innocents who suffer and those who would have let us suffered under an evil empire if they got their way. Or if people on the extreme right got their way too our country may have benn a different place. Be warned this is not light and easy reading. But as a history teacher be prepared to use it a source of referance