The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy by James Cross Giblin

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When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph ("call me Joe") McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods. Award-winning writer James Cross Giblin tells the story of a man whose priorities centered on power and media attention and who stopped at nothing to obtain both. The strengths and weaknesses of the man and the system that permitted his rise are explored in this authoritative, lucid biography, which sets McCarthy's life against a teeming backdrop of world affairs and struggles between military and political rivals at home. Chapter notes, bibliography, index.

 

About James Cross Giblin

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James Cross Giblin is the author of more than 20 critically acclaimed books for young people. One of his recent books for Clarion, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books. Mr. Giblin lives in New York City.
 
Published December 14, 2009 by Clarion Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books.

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The Sibert Medal winner portrays McCarthy as an energetic and personable campaigner with a gift for public speaking and also as a manipulative opportunist who readily resorted to personal attacks and distortion or fabrication of facts to win elections and advance his agenda.

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During the speech, McCarthy held up a piece of paper and declared it “a list of names” of employees at the State Department who were known “members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring” (according to Giblin, the sheet of paper was merely a page from his speech).

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The introduction of numerous political figures and their backgrounds, international crises (alleged torture of German WWII prisoners by the U.S., battles in the Korean War, etc.), polling data, and excerpts from Senate hearings may have younger readers losing the man amid the contextual asides.

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In this dense but engrossing biography, Giblin traces the career of Joseph McCarthy, junior U.S. senator from Wisconsin, who quickly focused his senatorial career in the early 1950s on exposing "subversive" government employees with ties to the Communist Party.

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In this dense but engrossing biography, Giblin traces the career of Joseph McCarthy, junior U.S. senator from Wisconsin, who quickly focused his senatorial career in the early 1950s on exposing "subversive" government employees with ties to the Communist Party.

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