Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective / Edition 1

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Providing the most complete history of the rise and fall of the phe-nomenon known as McCarthyism, Nightmare in Red offers a riveting and comprehensive account of the many different people who became embroiled in the anti-communist fervor of mid-century America. It traces the second Red Scare's antecedents from the 1930s, to the early years of the Cold War, through the peak of the McCarthy era, and beyond McCarthy's censure to the decline of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the 1960s.

This is the first book to offer a well-balanced, complete account of the entire McCarthy era.

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"An excellent, succinct, balanced account that is packed with details and provocative perspectives. Fried's historical context and many details all especially useful."--Michael A. Gordon, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

"...especially welcome as one of the first, if not the first, general synthetic histories of McCarthyism to appear....augmented by fathomable notes and a very useful bibliographical essay."--Patrick M. Quinn, Wisconsin Magazine of History

"Informed by the best scholarship on the subject, Fried has written a highly useful overview of the entire period....Fried's attempt to be objective, his cogently presented and inclusive overview, and his comprehensible writing make Nightmare in Red and excellent candidate for use in undergraduate classes."--The Journal of American History

"A rogues' gallery of Red Hunters....Fried writes ably, scrupulously presenting both sides of every issue, covering swiftly a very broad topic; no one will ever do a better six-page precis of the Alger Hiss case."--The New York Times Book Review

"Stands out as an even-handed account of an extraordinarily controversial subject. [Fried] succinctly analyzes the major Supreme Court cases, explains how loyalty-security checks actually operated, and follows the investigative escapades of HUAC and the Senate INternal Security Subcommittee."--Leo P. Ribuffo, Dissent

"Like the length and focus on ordinary people, as well as the famous cases. This will be a supplementary required book."--Dorothy E. Desmond, Tabor Academy

"I do not think I have ever read a more terse yet brilliant analysis of the McCarthy era. It is a must read!."--Andrew Harrison, Temple University

"Excellently detailed survey."--Eric Roorda, Ohio University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195043617
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 698,300
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.31 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Richard M. Fried is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of Men Against McCarthy.

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