Shooting Star : The Brief Arc of Joseph McCarthy
Joe McCarthy first became visible to the world on February 9th, 1950, when he delivered a Lincoln Day address in West Virginia. That night he declared, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 members of the Communist Party still working and shaping policy in the State Department." Anti-communism was already a cause embraced by the Republican Party, McCarthy tapped into this current and turned it into a flood. Little more than five years later, after countless hearings and stormy speeches and after incalculabel damage to ordinary Americans and the nation, McCarthy's Senate colleagues voted unanimously to censure him for his reckless accusations and fabrications. We know today that not one prosecution resulted from McCarthy's investigations into communists in the U.S. government.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 137.2 x 200.7 x 25.4mm | 340.2g
- 20 Mar 2006
- Harcourt Brace International
- Orlando, United States
"An insightful political history and a deft character study make this a wonderful introduction to a crucial American figure" - Publishers Weekly"
About Tom Wicker
Tom Wicker has been writing about American politics for more than 40 years, and is author of numerous books on the subject