Joseph McCarthy: Re-Examining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator, Arthur Herman
  • List: $29.99  |  Sale: $21.00
    Club: $14.99
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

Joseph McCarthy: Re-Examining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator

Author: Arthur Herman

Narrator: Sean Pratt

Unabridged: 16 hr 15 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 11/17/2012

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Military

Synopsis

Was Joe McCarthy a bellicose, shameless witch-hunter who whipped up hysteria, ruined the reputation of innocents, and unleashed a destructive carnival of smears and guilt-by-association accusations? Were McCarthy and McCarthyism the worst things to happen to American politics in the postwar era? Or was McCarthy just a well-intentioned politician who seized a legitimate issue with the fervor of a true believer? Perhaps something in between. For the first time, here is a biography of Joe McCarthy that cuts through the cliches and misconceptions surrounding this central figure of the "red scare" of the fifties, and reexamines his life and legacy in the light of newly declassified archival sources from the FBI, the National Security Agency, the U.S. Congress, the Pentagon, and the former Soviet Union. After more than four decades, here is the untold story of America's most hated political figure, shorn of the rhetoric and stereotypes of the past. Joseph McCarthy explains how this farm boy from Wisconsin sprang up from a newly confident postwar America, and how he embodied the hopes and anxieties of a generation caught in the toils of the Cold War. It shows how McCarthy used the explosive issue of Communist spying in the thirties and forties to challenge the Washington political establishment and catapult himself into the headlines. Above all, it gives us a picture of the red scare far different from and more accurate than the one typically portrayed in the news media and the movies. We now know that the Communist spying McCarthy fought against was amazingly extensive -- reaching to the highest levels of the White House and the top-secret Manhattan Project. Herman has the facts to show in detail which of McCarthy's famous anti-Communist investigations were on target (such as the notorious cases of Owen Lattimore and Irving Peress, the Army's "pink dentist") and which were not (including the case that led to McCarthy's final break with Whittaker Chambers). When McCarthy accused two American employees of the United Nations of being Communists, he was widely criticized -- but he was right. When McCarthy called Owen Lattimore "Moscow's top spy," he was again assailed -- but we now know Lattimore was a witting aid to Soviet espionage networks. McCarthy often overreached himself. "But McCarthy was often right." In Joseph McCarthy, Arthur Herman reveals the human drama of a fascinating, troubled, and self-destructive man who was often more right than wrong, and yet in the end did more harm than good.

Recommended

The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers, Nicholas Irving
The Reaper: Autobiography of One of t...
by Nicholas Irving

List: $19.99

Sale: $13.99

Club: $9.99

Narrator: Jeff Gurner
Published: 01/27/2014

Alone at Dawn Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force, Dan Schilling
Alone at Dawn
by Dan Schilling

List: $25.98

Sale: $18.19

Club: $12.99

Narrator: Kiff VandenHeuvel
Published: 06/25/2019

Thank You for My Service, Mat Best
Thank You for My Service
by Mat Best

List: $17.50

Sale: $12.25

Club: $8.75

Narrator: Mat Best
Published: 08/20/2019

American Sniper The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, Chris Kyle
American Sniper
by Chris Kyle

List: $26.99

Sale: $18.89

Club: $13.49

Narrator: John Pruden
Published: 01/03/2012

The Jersey Brothers A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home, Sally Mott Freeman
The Jersey Brothers
by Sally Mott Freeman

List: $29.99

Sale: $21.00

Club: $14.99

Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Published: 05/09/2017

The Last Punisher A SEAL Team THREE Sniper's True Account of the Battle of Ramadi, Kevin Lacz
The Last Punisher
by Kevin Lacz

List: $16.99

Sale: $11.89

Club: $8.49

Narrator: Timothy Phillips
Published: 08/16/2016

No Easy Day The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, Mark Owen
No Easy Day
by Mark Owen

List: $17.50

Sale: $12.25

Club: $8.75

Narrator: Holter Graham
Published: 09/04/2012

Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken
by Laura Hillenbrand

List: $22.50

Sale: $15.75

Club: $11.25

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Published: 11/16/2010

Fearless The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown, Eric Blehm
Fearless
by Eric Blehm

List: $19.98

Sale: $13.99

Club: $9.99

Narrator: Paul Michael
Published: 05/22/2012
{"id":"1967883","ean":"9781501931093","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Joseph McCarthy: Re-Examining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator","subtitle":"Re-Examining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator","author":"Arthur Herman","rating_average":"0","narrator":"Sean Pratt","ubr_id":"1967883","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"29.99","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"17.99","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Sean Pratt","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 16 hr 10 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}