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Senator Joe McCarthy by Richard Halworth…

Senator Joe McCarthy (1959)

by Richard Halworth Rovere

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There does come a point where the snark factor produces diminishing returns. Like A.J. Liebling, Rovere can't really resist putting in side comments which detract from the serious issues he raises about McCarthy; most notably, McCarthy's shady finances, a point not often raised. Interestingly, Rovere roundly denounces government workers' leakage of documents to McCarthy; one wonders whether he would view those kinds of actions with the same outrage today. ( )
  EricCostello | Jul 29, 2017 |
Charles Johnson? Is that you? Interesting look at a rather controversial figure in modern American history. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
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  Harrod | Nov 28, 2008 |
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Richard Rovere, a longtime New Yorker staff writer who died in 1979, combined three all-too-rare journalistic traits--legwork, style, and bravery--to create this 1959 J'accuse, which Walter Lippman called "the definitive job." Rovere had a handle on the particulars, as illustrated by his surgical disassembly of Joe McCarthy's fantastic autobiography, and the abstract principles, as illustrated by his comment that McCarthy's victories were mostly in "matters of an almost cosmic insignificance." His causes celebres were causes ridicules. The University of California Press is to be congratulated for this paperback reissue. After all, even if anticommunism is on sabbatical, demagoguery is not, and it pays to stay up on the tricks of the trade.

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The story of Senator Joseph McCarthy's rise to unprecedented power and the decline of his influence is a dramatic one. Richard Rovere documents the process by which a clever, power hungry individual came to mislead and manipulate members of Congress and the American public and to damage countless lives. A new foreword for this edition by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. places the book in historical context and relates it to current issues in American public life.… (more)

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