But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government.
Evans’ revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War. Drawing on primary sources, Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.
Evans shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era, the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, and much more.
In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since.
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Von Hartmut Pilch Am hilfreichsten 04.02.2017
An extremely impressive experience
This was never boring, exciting to listen to, more entertaining than many novels,l and at the same time eye-opening about our real world as it functioned during the pivotal period of the New Deal and post-war years, which again bear a lot of resemblance to today's developments. Previously I didn''t realize to what extent it was possible for news media in collusion with executive power to prevail in falsifying what is going on in politics. Also I didn't realize to what extent communism was an expression of an enduring socio-psychological pathology of western societies themselves, which at the time happened to find an agency in Moscow that coordinated much of its activities but nowadays has found other agents. But these are just my personal conclusions. The book itself does not wonder far away into philosophy but rather sticks very close to the nitty-gritty facts of a huge array of cases of treason that encompass much of the power structure of the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower years. Joseph McCarthy appears as one of a series of members of parliament (house and senate) who took on the task of bringing the findings of the FBI to the light of the public and transforming them into sufficient pressure to make administrations act on them that were, together with the mainstream media, more interested in cover-up if not it treason itself. McCarthy had his shortcomings but evindently far fewer than one would usually think. He appeared to be a rather exceptionally intgelligent, diligent, patient, legally educated, hard-working, honest and fair person who offered very few weak points for the traitors and obfuscators to attack. His main weakness seemed to be that he belonged to a traditional conservative-christian-popular culture that no longer was very well regarded in the high society circles. Thus many people instinctively disliked it when he pushed hard against such refined people as John Stuart Service. The conformist instincts of the time also worked against him, but there was still a strong current that supported him and even made him instrumental in winning the elections for the Republicans in 1952, the real tragedy then being that president Eisenhower, who was an outsider, increasingly sided with the obfuscators and traitors in order to save his administration from troubles. It is very impressive to see how the mainstream media then supported a president who revived authoritarian methods of absolute monarchy in order to suppress the investigations, methods which Richard Nixon, who had helped institute them, was unable to use to his own advantage in the watergate years because for that purpose the same media no longer supported them. The general pattern was that anything that was good when others did it became bad when McCarthy did it. The pattern described minutely in fine detail can be observed in other times and places, but it is hardly described in such a vivid manner as in this fascinating account.