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Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Senator's Life and Legacy Hardcover – 4 Apr 2000
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Richard Gid Powers author of "Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism" A fresh and original (as well as thoroughly researched and intellectually rigorous) new look at the life and times of Joe McCarthy, one that will challenge the conventional wisdom of both right and left.
Senator Joseph McCarthy is remembered as a self-serving and hypocritical man who recklessly destroyed people's lives through anticommunist witch hunting. This re-evaluation shows that the more that is learnt about communism in America, the more McCarthy is proven to be accurate in his charges.See all Product description
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From the facts I have read (separately), this book is the best I have seen that has tied-in and covered the story well. In retrospect, I could not believe the BS and the intensity of the anti-McCarthy foes; they knew better AND (more than anything else) WERE HORRIFIED OF THE EXPOSURE that J. McCarthy brought upon them. Close examination of the 30's, 40's, and 50's reveals a profound establishment of patterned and proactive approaches to meet the goals of soviet as well as internationalist communists (some aspects of these are still imbedded in our country today, but with no direction). But, Joseph McCarthy broke them and desecrated their HIGHEST revered commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Be Exposed" (reference The 3rd Communist International document); this Was a great set-back for communists and, in all honesty, J. McCarthy WON.
Marxist/Leninists cut back in a lot of areas after this event, because one thing was for certain ... they could not afford any more incidences like this. Successfully damning J. McCarthy but understanding that THEY MAY NOT SURVIVE ANOTHER TYPE OF EXPOSURE OF THIS MAGNITUDE. Their next try was the disastrous (late 60's) New Left incident (lesson learned - unstable and acid dropping hippies do not make good commies) and then in the 80's the more ingenious, subversive domino trick (but of the external nature, with the USA being dessert) - only to be curbed (and then ultimately defeated) by Ronald Reagan and (martyr) Larry McDonald - AND DONE IN TRUE MCCARTHY SPIRIT!
The McCarthy era was the communist's biggest set-back period in the USA. Under the wraps, the repercussions of the exposure were most devastating. A lot of hard work had been done in this country by the communists, with the ingenious networking and coordination of dedicated and duty-orientated adherents - in the true light of Lenin's idealistic revolutionary character.
McCarthy stopped the highly organized, intellectual and productive Marxist movement and diverted its PATH from taking over in the USA internally; it never truly gained momentum afterwards. What Joseph McCarthy failed to realize was the breath and depth of the communist character and soul. The harshness and brutality of the attacks on McCarthy and co. were (in essence) a disclosure of an evil and misguided (but determined) will. Welded on an abnormal dogma of vicious misconceptions, SIMILAR IN CONCEPT ONLY TO NATIONAL SOCIALISM (...) IDEOLOGY, these attackers knew the game plan (all to well) of bombarding and destroying the enemy at all costs (another Lenin inclusion). Turning the tables as though J. McCarthy and co. were the "bad guys". If Joseph McCarthy, Roy Cohn and co. had been more well-read on material in the philosophical/political/psychological areas of communism, they would have been better prepared for the fight. Sizing up the situation as dealing with human beings - rational, reasonable, and of good-willed nature - was a big mistake. Because at the heart and core of the communist breeds the demon of illusion. As with the late actualized communistic State, the Soviet Union, they came out (in history) smelling like roses, when in reality, they had killed more innocent people than Nazi Germany. Only with the present day material, do we now have the truth of many misconceptions.
McCarthy vindicated AND HE DID DETER COMMUNISM IN THE USA ! J. McCarthy and Roy Cohn both died some time ago (J.M. - 3 years after his disgrace). Seeing the old clips, I realized that they never fully understood the situation. Ultimately, they never saw their resultant impact on the subversive organization or the immense success of their mission. On the surface it looked EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. And in the clips, J. McCarthy looks only depressed and distraught. Hand on forehead and eyes, that was his epitaph.
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McCarthy did not always follow the leads correctly. That he was a pernicious drunk was indeed examined as well. But, the left has for years tried to smear him, but for what reason? They know the perfidy in their midst. They know that the left is what is the true enemy of the United States of America.
Herman provides all the warts as well, but demonstrates that McCarthy was not just all wet as some would believe. Indeed, the communist menace was real, resulted in the USSR getting the bomb, and was tolerated by the left wing of the Democratic Party from the late 1930's until the present day. This book is a good first step for any person to read and understand the real cause of McCarthy's rise and fall. I highly recommend it.
As a final point: Remember, Bobby Kennedy worked and aided McCarthy during his supposed witch-hunt, and he is a paragon of the Democratic Party to this day. That Herman is willing to mention this in detail is to his credit, and lends credence to the fact that McCarthy's crusade was bi-partisan in nature.