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Evans's lively book seeks, first, to demonstrate that Communists worked, often successfully, to undermine American security during the Cold War. It tries, second, to defend Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the egregious scourge of American Communists and fellow travelers, against those who, in Evans's (The Theme Is Freedom) view, have unjustly ruined his reputation. On the first point, save for some new details, Evans, a contributing editor to Human Events, treads worn ground. Most scholars, having also used Soviet archives, concede his position and argue now only over secondary matters, like the guilt of Alger Hiss. On the second point, Evans has a tougher case, which he seeks to make as a defense attorney would: by conceding nothing to McCarthy's detractors. Evans is also given to conspiracy thinking—an approach that, by its nature, yields claims that can neither be confirmed nor falsified. Defense attorneys and debaters like Evans follow different rules than historians—they try to score points, not to advance knowledge. Evans is good at the former, his propulsive style carrying much of the argument's burden. But the history Evans relates is already largely known, if not fully accepted.. 20 illus. (Nov. 6)
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"America, please read this book."
-Glenn Beck

"the greatest book since the Bible"
-Ann Coulter, Creators Syndicate
"It takes M. Stanton Evans's meticulous investigative journalism to show what Joe McCarthy's short stay on the national stage (a little under five years, from February 1950 to December 1954) really was about."
-Robert Novak, Weekly Standard
"So comprehensive is Evans's research that it will be a foolish historian who does not consult Blacklisted by History when a question arises over some person or event that comes into the McCarthy story."
-John Earl Haynes, co-author, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America
"This book will change forever how you think about Sen. McCarthy and the Soviet penetration of the U.S. government and society."
-Bob McMahan, Foreign Service Journal
"Evans goes through extensive files and transcripts with complete mastery of complex material and an engaging turn of phrase that makes more than 600 pages of painstaking analysis both a triumph of historical scholarship and a gripping detective story."
-David Ashton, The Salisbury Review
"Of the hundreds of books on the McCarthy era, Stan Evans has written the best—a nuanced, incredibly detailed work of scholarship."
-William Schulz, The American Spectator
"In this masterful instant classic, M. Stanton Evans sets out to tell the 'Untold Story of Joe McCarthy' and does so definitively."
-Jack Cashill, WorldNetDaily
"This is a master newspaperman at work: digging, interviewing the record, pulling apart and putting together the details of deeds done mostly by the politicians who ran our imperfect national government in the nineteen fifties."
-John Willson, Chronicles
"After combing through masses of declassified documents from Congress, the FBI, the State Department and other federal agencies, Stan Evans has produced a masterpiece of tru th."
-Terry Jeffrey, Human Events
"Evans, a veteran journalist, doesn't shout. He displays, instead, a deadly meticulousness that is, at last, overwhelmingly convincing."
-William Rusher, United Features Syndicate
"the most thorough scholarly examination of [McCarthy's] career"
-Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy In Media
"brilliantly documented"
-Wes Vernon, RenewAmerica.us
"monumental ... the result of six years of reading primary sources. Evans proves that almost everything about McCarthy in current history books is a lie and wil l have to be revised.... one of Reagan's old radio commentaries referred to Evans as 'a very fine journalist.' He is, indeed, but this book shows that he also is a Sherlock Holmes-type detective who chased every clue to find the truth and to write accurate history in elegant prose..... Everyone who henceforth writes about Joe McCarthy will have to check his facts with Evans' documented discoveries."
-Phyllis Schlafly, Creators Syndicate

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400081068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400081066
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
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By Keith Heapes VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I recently came across M. Stanton Evans' relatively recent book (2007) titled Blacklisted By History (The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy--And His Fight Against America's Enemies). Having grown up during the events in this book, I was generally familiar with what came to be known as the Red Scare of McCarthyism. Suffice it to say, my impressions and recollections of McCarthy weren't very positive. After hearing about this book, I thought I would give another view of the McCarthy story a fair reading.

My initial impression of Evans' book is the sheer size of the volume (663 pages, 45 Chapters). It quickly becomes apparent that this is no incidental survey or overview of the subject of Senator Joe McCarthy. The 11-page Prologue wets the reader's appetite by revealing what the author's goals were, what his (and his staff's) investigative method and source locations were and their commitment to leaving no stone unturned in seeking to uncover all available first-hand documentation, reexamining sources cited by previous authors, and a careful examination of the pertinent information contained in the former Soviet Union's "Venona" files. In short, this was a very serious undertaking with a view toward discovering and telling "The Untold Story Of Senator Joe McCarthy And His Fight Against America's Enemies."

In a number of Book Reviews and comments on Amazon.com, Evans has been accused of having a pro-McCarthy bias throughout this book. However, after reading the book myself, I found Evans was very evenhanded and willing to point out McCarthy's errors and personal faults. The book clearly indicates Evans was more interested in digging out the facts, analyzing the facts and drawing his conclusions based on the facts.
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Evans aims to give empirical proof that those Senator McCarthy accused of spying for the Soviet Union in the 1950s were guilty of it: e.g. two decades of House and Senatorial memos, 1930s Congressional spy investigations, government reports on security, official lists of named security risks, two decades of FBI reports with margin notes, transcripts of FBI wiretaps, notes from political strategy meetings squirreled away in boxes, and so forth. This pastiche of evidence plays the devil with the book's narrative for the first few chapters. Be that as it may, if one accepts these documents as factual, then one must accept the guilt of those McCarthy accused. In Evan's view, McCarthy was more sinned against than sinning. He conducted his inquiries fairly, did not slander, and did not steamroller anyone. He was an exceptionally bright, lower-class, self-made man who raced through high school and law college. He was a judge while only in his thirties. As junior Senator from Wisconsin (age 41) he threatened to mortify the Whitehouse, Democratic Senate, and State Department, with revelations of a "massive" communist penetration of the U.S. government. Each threatened institution had enough individual power to poleax him. Despite that, the first wave of retribution couldn't touch him, because what he said about communist infiltration was "old news" in Washington circles, and there was years of evidence to prove it. When Democrats lost the House and the Presidency in 1952, McCarthy alienated Eisenhower by soundly condemning George Marshall for losing China, then going after some of Eisenhower's job nominees as communists sympathizers (which Evans argues they were). By 1954 McCarthy held a tiger by the tail, and it finally ate him with some Republican help.Read more ›
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Full disclosure: This reviewer knows the author and had the privilege of assisting him in a small way in the research for and preparation of this book.

In the more than half a century since his death, scores of histories and biographies have been written about Senator Joe McCarthy. All have been more or less unsatisfactory, for a variety of reasons: Because the executive sessions of the McCarthy subcommittee were sealed for 50 years, historians had to rely on hearsay regarding who said what about whom in those sessions; because FBI files were classified (and even now cannot be made publicly available until the subject of investigation is deceased), historians had to rely on hearsay as to whether what McCarthy allegedly said was corroborated by the FBI; and because Soviet-era documents in the KGB archives were also classified, historians had to take the Russians' word for whether or not KGB archives corroborated the FBI files.

Recently, an enormous volume of this material has become available to scholars: FOIA cases have forced the declassification of many FBI files (albeit heavily redacted); the NSA declassified hundreds of partially-decrypted KGB cables in 1995-97; executive sessions of the McCarthy subcommittee were finally unsealed in 2003; and a huge amount of KGB archival information, smuggled out of Russia since the fall of the USSR, has gradually become publicly available.

In Blacklisted by History, M. Stanton Evans brings together these newly-available primary sources for the first time ever: Evans shows exactly what was said about whom in the executive sessions of the McCarthy subcommittee; cross-checks this information against files of the FBI, State Department security and G-2; then cross-checks this information against the Soviet sources.
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