I found this book to be very interesting. I knew Senator Joseph McCarthy was an U.S. Senator from Wisconsin but I assumed for some reason that he participated in hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He believed the U. S. government had many individuals who were communist, or communist sympathies, or were disloyal to America. He seemed to believe that the American people could be easily influenced to become communist as he wanted to bar books from and bar people with communist sympathies, or (who he believed were) disloyal to America from American society. This book contained many quotes from Senator Joseph McCarthy and a good set of references. I highly recommend that everyone become more knowledge about Senator Joseph McCarthy.
A brief bio of the divisive and controversial Senator Joseph McCarthy by Charles River Editors makes for interesting reading. Post World War 2 , there was hysteria and fear of being swamped by Communists. These fears were stoked and taken advantage of by persons like this Senator to start witch-hunts and cow the public.The Life and Times of that era are well illustrated and as always ,well presented by Charles River Editors.
Joe McCarthy was a history setter in his own right. This book was clear on how he started with this thinking about Communists. It became apparent over the years that it is quite possible his outlook could have been colored by acute hepatitis (which he died from) partially affected by alcoholism. You decide.....
This book is not currently available in print from the publisher, so short of going kindle, we are left with a few brief selections under the "Look Inside" tab. These are, however, enough to show an uncritical attitude bordering on hagiography. The discussion of Joe McCarthy's service in the U.S. Marine Corps is an example.
After Pearl Harbor, Joe McCarthy decided that it would enhance his political resume if he served in the military. Joe McCarthy was a sitting Wisconsin circuit judge, which did entitle him to a deferment. He chose to enlist, picking the branch of service he felt would offer him the most prestige: the Marine Corps. Despite his campaign claims, which this book recites uncritically, he did not resign his judgeship; he took an extended leave of absence, compelling the other judges in the circuit to pick up his caseload. He did not enter the Marine Corps as a private. He went in as a Captain.
As a never fully trained tail-gunner, Joe was allowed to fly on milk-runs and even missions where the Japanese might send up anti-aircraft fire, but no pilot would have him on a mission that might face Japanese fighter planes. For those missions, pilots demanded a real tail gunner.
Records of McCarthy's dive bomber squadron show that all totaled, he flew on 12 missions. He eventually claimed he had flown 32, enough that he claimed the Distinguished Service Medal based on these reports, since debunked: no one in the unit flew 32 missions. This book makes no mention of his exaggerations.
This book also recites without comment the commendation McCarthy received from the Navy. This document has generally been dismissed as a result of a fraud. The unit commander, the only officer authorized to ask for the commendation, swore he never wrote it. The incidents described did not occur.
All of this illustrates two things: first, McCarthy is a far more complex individual than this book allows; second, this book makes virtually no attempt to examine the evidence with a critical eye. Given the amount of disinformation surrounding McCarthy -- from all sides! -- it runs somewhere between foolish and reckless not to undertake that sort of analysis. To do less is to perpetuate myths about McCarthy, and this book does no more than that.