The Age of Anxiety

The Age of Anxiety : McCarthyism to Terrorism

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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 administra-tion 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.
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  • Paperback | 652 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 015603039X
  • 9780156030397

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PRAISE FOR "THE AGE OF ANXIETY" "All of [Johnson’s books] are worth reading, but "The Age of Anxiety "stands out. It is a superb book, not only because it is skillfully reported, clearly written and timely, but also because Johnson employs controlled outrage to demonstrate that the administration of George W. Bush is relying . . . on the same sort of civil liberties violations, scare tactics and big lies as U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy and his fellow Republican politicians used 50 years ago to damage American democracy."—"The Denver Post""Excellent . . . Johnson's book may have the prescription for righting ourselves this time."-"-The Seattle Times
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