A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - History - 597 pages
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Acclaimed historian David Oshinsky's chronicling of the life of Senator Joe McCarthy has been called both "nuanced" and "masterful." In this new paperback edition Oshinsky presents us with a work heralded as the finest account available of Joe McCarthy's colorful career. With a storyteller's eye for the dramatic and presentation of fact, and insightful interpretation of human complexity, Oshinsky uncovers the layers of myth to show the true McCarthy. His book reveals the senator from his humble beginnings as a hardworking Irish farmer's son in Wisconsin to his glory days as the architect of America's Cold War crusade against domestic subversion; a man whose advice if heeded, some believe, might have halted the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia and beyond.
A Conspiracy So Immense reveals the internal and external forces that launched McCarthy on this political career, carried him to national prominence, and finally triggered his decline and fall. More than the life of an intensly- even pathologically- ambitious man however, this book is a fascinating portrait of America in the grip of Cold War fear, anger, suspician, and betrayal.
Complete with a new Foreword, A Conspiracy So Immense will continue to keep in the spotlight this historical figure-a man who worked so hard to prosecute "criminals" whose ideals work against that of his- for America.
 

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Contents

1 Beginnings
1
2 GI Judge
21
3 Gunning for the Senate
36
4 The PepsiCola Kid
53
5 Rock Bottom
72
6 The Red Bogey in America 19171950
85
7 Wheeling
103
8 Battle of the Billygoats
115
20 Friends and Enemies
301
21 A Discouraging Summer
315
22 The Monmouth Hearings
330
23 White House Blues
345
24 Who Promoted Peress?
355
25 The Chicken Luncheon
372
26 The Fault Dear Brutus
390
27 Setting the Ground Rules
405

9 Stand or Fall
130
10 The Lattimore Connection
139
11 Declaration of Conscience
158
12 The Fourth Estate
179
13 An Infamy So Black
191
14 Slimy Creatures
203
15 Tydingss Revenge
214
16 Ike
226
17 Gearing for Battle
247
18 Voices Within the Voice
265
19 Of Diplomats and Greek Ships
286
28 The Hearings Begin
416
29 Executive Privilege
435
30 The Eleven Memoranda
446
31 So Reckless So Cruel
457
32 Censure
472
33 Final Years
495
Notes
509
Selective Bibliography
565
Index
581
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David Oshinsky is George Littlefield Professor of American History at the University of Texas. His previous books include Worse than Slavery: Parchman farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow, which won the Robert Kennedy prize for its contribution to human rights, and Polio: An American Story (Oxford University Press).

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