Blacklisted by history: the untold story of Senator Joe McCarthy and his fight against America's enemies
Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.
But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’s revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.
Drawing on primary sources—including never-before-published government records and FBI files, as well as recent research gleaned from Soviet archives and intercepted transmissions between Moscow spymasters and their agents in the United States—Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.
Blacklisted by History shows, for instance, that the FBI knew as early as 1942 that J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the atomic bomb project, had been identified by Communist leaders as a party member; that high-level U.S. officials were warned that Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy almost a decade before the Hiss case became a public scandal; that a cabal of White House, Justice Department, and State Department officials lied about and covered up the Amerasia spy case; and that the State Department had been heavily penetrated by Communists and Soviet agents before McCarthy came on the scene.
Evans also shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era (“I have here in my hand . . .”), the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, the matter of leading McCarthy suspect Owen Lattimore, the Annie Lee Moss case, the Army-McCarthy hearings, and much more.
In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. But as Evans writes, “The real Joe McCarthy has vanished into the mists of fable and recycled error, so that it takes the equivalent of a dragnet search to find him.” Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since.
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Another Setback for the American Left The Venona tapes and declassified Soviet archives show that McCarthy was quite right about the numerous Bolshevik agents in American government from the 1930's ... Read full review
Extraordinary claims, they say, require extraordinary evidence and this book is loaded with original source material, including the Congressional Record, recently declassified FBI documents and quotations from the writings of former government officials who originally denied or took the fifth about their Communist party leanings. The author also references some of the "accused" Communists who at the time, took the fifth amendment right to refuse to answer questions, but who later wrote books acknowledging their CP affiliations. Although the critical reviews I have read, say that much of this material is retread, most mentions of the McCarthy era by mainstream media and the general public indicate that there is a general acceptance of a greatly distorted and oversimplified caricature of Joe McCarthy and the benefits of his mission. It is painful to read some of the transcripts of the initial committee hearings that were proportedly about seeking answers to the question of how many of the previously identified Communist Party Sympathizers/Activists were still in positions of influence at the State Department. The transcripts clearly show that the "good guys" had ulterior motives including the repudiation and villainization of McCarthy. Despite urgent FBI warnings to the Truman administration, there is much evidence that the Truman was intent on not allowing an investigation into why individuals that had been associated with Communists, sympathizers and front groups, with FBI wiretaps to prove it, were allowed to stay in the State Dept. and in some cases, merely transfered to another dept. to prevent them from being removed from government positions.
The book also documents individuals who exerted great influence on the administration in postwar China and Europe to favor establishment of Communist style governments at the expense of democracy movements. Why would highly educated Americans fall in with organizations fronted by a Communist Russia that were helping to spread communism by making it sound like Democracy deluxe? Why would the Truman administration try to shield apparently disloyal Americans who were in league with movements wanting to spread a deceitful movement that despised freedom of individuals to amass wealth through hard work and innovation? These are some of the questions that are addressed using new information that allows us to re-examine "the Red Scare" and "McMcarthyism" and the use of political smears and character assassination to suppress an investigation by a man who clearly was asking reasonable questions.