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6 October 2018
In Chapter 3 - can't be more specific, because I am reading it on a Kindle - Mr Sopel says: "... the House Un-American Activities Committee . . . was chaired by a Wisconsin senator, Joseph McCarthy". He should have noticed the clue - a "House" committee would not have included a senator. If he had done the minimum research - aka Wikipedia - he would have read the following: ""McCarthy's hearings are often incorrectly conflated with the hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). HUAC is best known for the investigation of Alger Hiss and for its investigation of the Hollywood film industry, which led to the blacklisting of hundreds of actors, writers, and directors. HUAC was a House committee, and as such had no formal connection with McCarthy".
He was in fact the chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on investigations. I hope Emily Maitlis - whose compliment to this book appears above, and who also appears ignorant of basic facts about the American system - will agree that perhaps Mr Sopel has not quite "nailed it", after all.