The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism

The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism

by Haynes Johnson
     
 

For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s  anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens.
 
In The Age of Anxiety, now updated with a new afterword, Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time,

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Overview

For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s  anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens.
 
In The Age of Anxiety, now updated with a new afterword, Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time, when the current administration has created a culture of fear that again affects American behavior and attitudes. He believes now, as then, that our civil liberties, our Constitution, and our nation are at stake as we confront the ever more difficult task of balancing the need for national security with that of personal liberty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156030397
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
1.50(w) x 5.25(h) x 8.00(d)

Meet the Author

Haynes Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Sleepwalking Through History and The Bay of Pigs. He is a regular on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Contents
To the Reader xi
Prologue A NEW KIND OF WAR 1

PART ONE
McCarthyism
1. The List 9
2. Tail Gunner Joe 30
3. Progressivism to McCarthyism 56
4. The Remarkable Upstart 75
5. The Way to Wheeling 81

PART TWO
The Past as Prologue
6. In the Beginning 95
7. Cold Warriors 117

PART THREE
Dealing With a Demagogue
8. The Press 137
9. The Politicians 149
10. The Network 162
11. The Opposition 177
12. The Demagogue 193

PART FOUR
Prelude to Power
13. Twenty Years of Treason 211
14. Taking More Scalps 241
15. Junketeering Gumshoes 253

PART FIVE
Witch Hunts
16. Inquisitions 285
17. The Case of Private Schine 332
18. Point of Order! 381
19. "Have You No Shame, Senator?" 413

PART SIX
Judgment
20. Belling the Cat 431
21. Oblivion 443

PART SEVEN
Legacy
22. The Politics of Fear 459
23. Parallels 466
24. A House Divided 494

Epilogue THE AGE OF ANXIETY 515
About Sources 530
Source Notes 532
Bibliographical Notes 569
Acknowledgments 581
Index 583

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