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The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Excellent . . . Johnsons book may have the prescription for righting ourselves this time."—The Seattle Times

"Packs a wallop. With considerable skill, Johnson tells the tale of the rise and fall of Joe McCarthy—and applies it to . . . the present president."—The Providence Journal

For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthys anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens. In The Age of Anxiety, Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time, when the current administration has created a culture of fear that again affects American behavior and attitudes. Now, as then, our civil liberties, our Constitution, and our nation are at stake as we confront the ever more difficult task of balancing the need for national security with that of personal liberty.

"Exciting and vivaciously written . . . Johnson describes the events of 1950-54 with a verve that other accounts rarely equal."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Not only a brilliant history of the McCarthy era but also a warning about our present fears and political caution."—The Christian Century

 
HAYNES JOHNSON, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, is the author of five national bestsellers, including The Best of Times, a New York Times Notable Book. He served three years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and holds a masters degree in American history from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Synopsis:

Compelling narrative history, insightful political commentary, and intimate personal remembrance combine to make "The Age of Anxiety" a vitally important look at Senator Joseph McCarthy and his 1950s anti-Communist crusade.

Synopsis:

For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthys  anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens.
 
In The Age of Anxiety, now updated with a new afterword, Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time, when the current administra­tion has created a culture of fear that again affects American behavior and attitudes. He believes now, as then, that our civil liberties, our Constitution, and our nation are at stake as we confront the ever more difficult task of balancing the need for national security with that of personal liberty.

About the Author

Haynes Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Sleepwalking Through History and The Bay of Pigs. He is a regular on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Contents

To the Reader xi

Prologue A NEW KIND OF WAR 1

PART ONE

McCarthyism

1. The List 9

2. Tail Gunner Joe 30

3. Progressivism to McCarthyism 56

4. The Remarkable Upstart 75

5. The Way to Wheeling 81

PART TWO

The Past as Prologue

6. In the Beginning 95

7. Cold Warriors 117

PART THREE

Dealing With a Demagogue

8. The Press 137

9. The Politicians 149

10. The Network 162

11. The Opposition 177

12. The Demagogue 193

PART FOUR

Prelude to Power

13. Twenty Years of Treason 211

14. Taking More Scalps 241

15. Junketeering Gumshoes 253

PART FIVE

Witch Hunts

16. Inquisitions 285

17. The Case of Private Schine 332

18. Point of Order! 381

19. "Have You No Shame, Senator?" 413

PART SIX

Judgment

20. Belling the Cat 431

21. Oblivion 443

PART SEVEN

Legacy

22. The Politics of Fear 459

23. Parallels 466

24. A House Divided 494

Epilogue THE AGE OF ANXIETY 515

About Sources 530

Source Notes 532

Bibliographical Notes 569

Acknowledgments 581

Index 583

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sgerritson, July 26, 2011 (view all comments by sgerritson)
"The Age of Anxiety" is devoted almost entirely to McCarthyism, ground that has been covered very well in other books. Only at the end does the author attempt to make the comparison between McCarthyism and the tactics of George Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft and the other members of the Bush administration - along with Karl Rove. While there are definite similarities between McCarthy's persecution of "Communists" and the Bush administration's targeting of Muslims, by the author's own admission the comparison isn't really valid. This felt like a book written more in anger, especially given the high quality of some of his other work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030397
Subtitle:
McCarthyism to Terrorism
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Johnson, Haynes
Author:
Johnson, Haynes Bonner
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Legislators
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
POL035000
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061009
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 8-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.38 lb

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » US History » 1920 to 1960
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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"Synopsis" by , Compelling narrative history, insightful political commentary, and intimate personal remembrance combine to make "The Age of Anxiety" a vitally important look at Senator Joseph McCarthy and his 1950s anti-Communist crusade.

"Synopsis" by ,
For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthys  anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens.
 
In The Age of Anxiety, now updated with a new afterword, Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time, when the current administra­tion has created a culture of fear that again affects American behavior and attitudes. He believes now, as then, that our civil liberties, our Constitution, and our nation are at stake as we confront the ever more difficult task of balancing the need for national security with that of personal liberty.
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