Senator Joe McCarthy

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University of California Press, Apr 12, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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"The definitive job, and I can't imagine what else there is to say about him."—Walter Lippman

"This is an appraisal without apology. If its judgments are uncompromising, they are also given without rancor, indeed with an air of almost sympathetic curiosity about the phenomenon that was McCarthy. . . . It is no surprise that [Rovere's] book is a vividly written, sophisticated recreation of a political episode whose manic qualities already begin to seem unbelievable."—Anthony Lewis

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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 ... Read full review

Senator Joe McCarthy

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In this "hard-hitting account," Rovere shows how "McCarthy terrorized and silenced routine jobholders, great political and military figures, artists and scientists, and yet vanished abruptly as a political force three years before he died" (LJ 6/15/59). Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Richard H. Rovere (1915-1979) was a New Yorker staff writer, Washington correspondent for 11 years at the time he wrote this book. Among his books are Affairs of State: The Eisenhower Years and, with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., General MacArthur and President Truman: The Struggle for Control of American Foreign Policy.

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