The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 294 pages
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When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph ("call me Joe") McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods. Award-winning writer James Cross Giblin tells the story of a man whose priorities centered on power and media attention and who stopped at nothing to obtain both. The strengths and weaknesses of the man and the system that permitted his rise are explored in this authoritative, lucid biography, which sets McCarthy's life against a teeming backdrop of world affairs and struggles between military and political rivals at home. Chapter notes, bibliography, index.

  

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Review: The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

Good summary of his rapid rise to prominence, and even more rapid descent. He had a lot of strong attributes that could have taken him a long way if he'd not been as focused on gaining personal fame. Interesting to read the details behind the story that everyone knows. Read full review

Review: The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

User Review  - Ethan - Goodreads

The book The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy by James Giblin is a non fiction book on the life of Senator Joe McCarthy. I liked this book because it gave a personal perspective on an important ... Read full review

Contents

Chickens Groceries and a High School Diploma
1
Days and Nights at Marquette
8
Joes First Campaign
14
Judge McCarthy
20
Tail Gunner Joe
29
One Fight Ends Another Begins
39
Defeating a Legend
46
Newcomer in Washington
54
The Missing Paragraph
137
I Can Investigate Anybody
146
Cohn and Schine Go to Europe
158
McCarthy Gets Married
169
The Dangerous Dentist
177
Grilling General Zwicker
187
Exposed on Television
197
A Devastating Report
208

Charges of Torture
64
The Speech That Started It All
76
Wheres the Evidence?
86
The Top Russian Spy
96
War Breaks Out in Korea
105
Revenge
114
We Like Ike
126
McCarthy on the Receiving End
220
Have You No Sense of Decency Sir?
232
Censured
241
His Time to Die
258
Another McCarthy?
266
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About the author (2009)

James Cross Giblin received the Sibert Medal for The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. The author of many acclaimed books for young readers, he lives in New York City.

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