Ike and McCarthy
A climate of fear existed in the United States post World War II. The years 1950-54 witnessed the rise of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy. His rantings about Communist infiltration of the US government left the public spellbound and paranoid. President Dwight Eisenhower has been viewed as passive in his handling of the brash senator. This was not the whole story. Dwight Eisenhower was a crafty Army General who plotted covert action to undo the wholesale damage being wrought by the McCarthy hearings. Eisenhower utilized men such as Fred Seaton in the Defense Department and Attorney General Herbert Brownell to undercut McCarthy and his chief counsel, Roy Cohn. Information would be leaked in an attempt to discredit Cohn and McCarthy. Eisenhower never publicly attacked McCarthy, as he didn’t believe in lashing out at personalities, but his men would launch more forward assaults. The Army-McCarthy hearings would lead to the public exposure of McCarthy’s shameful witch hunts and to his fall from grace. The truth would be hidden for many years, but justice would ultimately be served.
Ike and McCarthy is an unveiling of a secret history of our country. The characters are well known, but the behind-the-scenes machinations are truly intriguing and fascinating. This is not a footnote but a large chapter in our unfolding history. Dynamite reading.
|David. A. Nichols
|Simon & Schuster
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