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  • Publisher: Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1954
  • ASIN: B004PB4SQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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56 of 73 people found the following review helpful By "mencken61" on April 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
There are tons of blather, mostly from the bleats of the so-called intellectual class, that will forever bury the truth of Soviet subversion in the United States. They scream "witch-hunt," and the learned nod and scratch their chins, and imagine Lillian Hellman as a heroic figure. But, as Dwight MacDonald (no conservative) said, there ARE little witches. The Venona de-crypts, the testimony of the actual Soviet case-officers, the later confessions---all these things mean nothing to liberal myths. In this volume, brothers-in-law Buckley and Bozell (with an uncharacteristic lack of humor, but with a surgeon's scalpel) look at McCarthy's charges. From Moss to Lattimore, the dramatis personae and the evidence and the words of McCarthy's critics are laid before us. The conclusions are left to the reader; but the authors make a central point: nothing, EVER, said by McCarthy was as outrageous as those yawped by his critics. This book will inform those who have the Schrecker view of communism ("non-traditional patriotism"), the Appleton loyalists, as well as those who seek the facts. Recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MaryG on September 19, 2012
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As a high school student, the leftist indoctrinaires they call teachers are eager to get at me and twist and misshape how I think especially when it comes to American history, and the issue of communism. Communist subversives, according to them, were very few and far between and therefore the fact that McCarthy made such an issue out of it, shows that he was drunk with the power that came along with his senate subcommittee and, according to them, he was a scoundrel, a demagogic liar, and an opportunist who ruined the careers of innocents. This book does a wonderful job of pulling the wool away from the eyes of the reader,(but then, of-course, it would, it is after-all written by the great William F. Buckley). The author very ably justifies the senator's actions, which leaves one wondering: if the Venona decrypts,(something which is unsurprisingly never taught in high school U.S. history), had been released at the time the book was written, Buckley's argument would have been completely iron-clad. 5 stars all the way.----------------- For those of you that have become obsessed with the story of this great American hero that has been unjustly vilified by the leftists which have rewritten our history, here is a list of other great books on McCarthy: -Joseph McCarthy: reexamining the life and legacy of america's most hated senator By Arthur Herman -McCarthy By Roy Cohn (who worked as his right hand man) -Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy By M. Stanton Evans (most recent biography written around 2007) -America's Retreat From Victory: The Story of George Catlett Marshall By Joe McCarthy (the senator backs up his attacks on general Marshall who lost Korea and China to the communists, and paved the way for our loss in Vietnam)
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By V-ROD on February 28, 2015
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book that although written from a conservative point of view, it is the most balanced narrative I have ever read about Joe McCarthy. However this book is not an easy read. If you ever have listened to William Buckley speak, it can be tedious to listen to. The same is true in this book. However, what I love most about this book is the authors challenge the reader to do his or her own thinking about communism in the 50's and what needed to be done during that time. They ask questions and then provide hypothetical answers which returns over and over again the same verdict. That rooting out communism and subversives in government was an extremely tough job, and it required a tough man to do the job, and he would have to play "hardball" to get the facts. To make the job even more difficult is that McCarthy was up against powerful establishments in all aspects of society.

To quote from this book, "...the shift in U.S. Far Eastern policy had been produced neither by chance, nor by the might and cunning of the USSR, nor by sheer blundering on our part; but, to some extent at least, by conspiratorial forces operating on the highest levels of the U.S. government." Later in the book a meeting is described between Sen. Tydings, Committee Counsel Morgan, and Deputy Under Secretary of state for Administration Peurifoy. A strategy was formulated to chart the course of the Administration campaign against McCarthy. "He (Tydings) had discussed it with the President and advised him that the counterattack would be launched on the floor of the House and the Senate." And Tydings was in charge of the committee to root out out communists in government!

It is really hard to fathom the facts laid out in this book. Pres.
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Any student of the Cold War should have this volume in their library as it is probably the first, most complete and well documented defense of Senator McCarthy (published 1954), written only with the benefit of the official record of the Tydings and McCarran hearings.
Only much later did we have "Blacklisted By History" by M. Stanton Evans which had the benefit of the knowledge gained by the release of the Venona Files, which further vindicated Senator McCarthy.
As was noted by William S. Schlamm in the prologue, "Now anybody who wants to remain an Anti-McCarthyite in good standing, and remain intellectually respectable, will first have to read and disprove this book."
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