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A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy
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"[Oshinsky is] a great storyteller; he has done some terrific research, and best of all, he knows how to handle the drama of the era without getting too preachy."--The New York Times Book Review
"Oshinsky's elegant and comprehensive biographycan now lay its own claim to being the finest account available of Joe McCarthy's career."--Review in American History
"The objectivity and scholarship of A Conspiracy so Immense should make it a standard treatmenta vivid account of the Senator's progress from demagogue to grand inquisitor."--The New Leader
"Professor David Oshinsky's A Conspiracy So Immense is the finest book on the period I have read."-Patrick J. Buchanan
About the Author
David Oshinsky is George Littlefield Professor of American History at the University of Texas. His previous books include Worse than Slavery: Parchman farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow, which won the Robert Kennedy prize for its contribution to human rights, and Polio: An American Story (Oxford University Press).
Top Customer Reviews
Since Venona has been released Oshinshy should have rewritten this book and not reissued the book he wrote in 1982.The events of 9/11 can give us an analogy.
Imagine if a professor advised the state department that the Taliban was the best hope for Afghanistan and that bin Ladin was just an agrarian reformer. Imagine if military secrets as the H bomb was given to Iran and that key government officials belonged to Islamist groups. Imagine if a senator would look at the aspects of that ? Would he be called intolerate of other religions ?
Owen lattimore urged that Mao was an Agrarian reformer. Mao killed millions. Larrimore made millions of bucks on his 'brilliant" observations. Oshinsky shouldn't defend this man. Klaus Fuchs, Rosenbergs, Hall etc gave the bomb to Russia. Hiss helped shape our foreign policy and even gave Russia three votes in the General Assembly.
So balance is really needed. McCarthy was a patriotic man who used bad means to an end. But his enemies sometimes used worse methods as Oshinsky demonstrates in the Joseph Rauh case and Eisenhower's minions forging letters.
McCarthy was brought down by Roy Cohn wanting favorable treatment for a possible lover- David Schine but curiously Oshinsky does not update the book with Cohn's sexuality and this would be an important insight.
In short this was a brilliant book for 1982 but the newer revelations as Venona , Cohn etc demands an update for this book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oshinsky presents a rather detailed look at Tail-gunning Joe. It is worth reading the detail.Published 6 months ago by Robert Allen
Good reading. Not just sensationalist. Dead people are easy to vilify, but this book is an attempt to be honest in telling McCarthy's storyPublished 17 months ago by Robert Smith
Great insight into the life and career of this troubled, fearful, alcoholic.Published 21 months ago by George G. Cowie
I had never understood much about Senator McCarthy and still don't, but Professor Oshinsky comes about as close to explaining the whole enigma as anyone could. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by retro
A wonderful book, I couldn't put it down. And for you fussy academics the scholarship is impeccable too. The precipitate of left v. Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by Adam B. Ritchie Jr.
I found this book hard to put down. It was well-written and brought across a real sense of McCarthy and his times. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Sheila Dreckman