- Mass Market Paperback: 239 pages
- Publisher: Signet (November 1, 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451047958
- ISBN-13: 978-0451047953
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,530,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Days of Shame Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1971
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Mr. McCarthy did considerable damage to the United States. He prevented many people from using their talents to make a stronger nation. This included foreign service workers, scientists, actors, government employees and "ordinary" American citizens.
The lesson from this is that demagogues must be stopped from doing any harm. The current crop of demagogues includes Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson and many others. It is unfortunate that Senator Potter and Mr. Welch are not here to use their skills for us. Hopefully there are others to take their place and the work on this book by the Senator will not have been in vain.
Potter was also the only member of the Committee to pen a memoir. He writes with a tone that reflects his experience. He sat in the middle of the hearings, watching the participants from day to day, and this book reflects his unique perspective. The only other book by someone comparably close to the hearings is "McCarthy" by Roy Cohn. Cohn's book goes to great lengths to portray McCarthy as the blameless hero, while also absolving Roy Cohn of any fault. This leads to stilted accounts. Potter, by contrast, can stay consistent through to his basic idea, that McCarthy brought shame on the United States Senate.