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Author Johnson, Haynes, 1931-2013.

Title The age of anxiety : McCarthyism to terrorism / Haynes Johnson.

Imprint Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., 2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.918 M127Bjo 2005    ---  Available
 Eureka Non-Fiction  973.921 Joh    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xii, 609 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Note "A James H. Silberman book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: A new kind of war -- pt. 1. McCarthyism. -- The list -- Tail Gunner Joe -- Progressivism to McCarthyism -- The remarkable upstart -- The way to Wheeling -- pt. 2. The past as prologue. -- In the beginning -- Cold warriors -- pt. 3. Dealing with a demagogue. -- The press -- The politicians -- The network -- The opposition -- The demagogue -- pt. 4. Prelude to power. -- Twenty years of treason -- Taking more scalps -- Junketeering gumshoes -- pt. 5. Witch hunts. -- Inquisitions -- The case of Private Schine -- Point of order! -- "Have you no shame, senator?" -- pt. 6. Judgment. -- Belling the cat -- Oblivion -- pt. 7. Legacy. -- The politics of fear -- Parallels -- A house divided -- Epilogue: The age of anxiety.
Summary For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of citizens. Haynes Johnson re-creates that time of crisis--of President Eisenhower, who hated McCarthy but would not attack him; of the Republican senators who cynically used McCarthy to win their own elections; of Edward R. Murrow, whose courageous TV broadcast began McCarthy's downfall; and of mild-mannered lawyer Joseph Welch, who finally shamed McCarthy into silence. Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time, when fear again affects American behavior and attitudes, for he believes now, as then, that our civil liberties, our Constitution, and our nation are at stake as we confront the ever more difficult task of balancing the need for national security with that of personal liberty.--From publisher description.
Subject McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1953.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961.
Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
Terrorism -- Government policy -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2004.
Political culture -- United States.
ISBN 9780151010622

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