The Nightmare Decade: The Life and Times of Senator Joe McCarthy

The Nightmare Decade: The Life and Times of Senator Joe McCarthy

The Nightmare Decade: The Life and Times of Senator Joe McCarthy

The Nightmare Decade: The Life and Times of Senator Joe McCarthy

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THERE IS A NEW GENERATION of young Americans, many of whom have only the vaguest ideas about Joseph R. McCarthy and what the McCarthyism of the 1950s represented. When you mention the name McCarthy, they think you are talking about Senator Eugene McCarthy and the campaign of 1968; and when you explain that there was another and earlier McCarthy, an entirely different McCarthy, the reaction is often a vague look and the murmured reply, "Oh, I don't know much about him."

I began writing this book more than two years ago with the idea that it was time to fill this particular generation gap and put in perspective McCarthyism and the decade of the 1950s that it . . .

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