McCarthy and His Enemies

William F. Buckley Jr.

I give this book five stars because it's one of the only times I've seen this topic discussed dispassionately.It defends McCarthy where the record backs him up, and is quick to criticize him where he oversteps or fibs.This book is NOT simply "a defense of Joe McCarthy."It is much more an attack on the Tydings Committee, which Buckley illustrates clearly was just as, if not more, unfair and untruthful as the man they set out to crucify ever was.Knowing that McCarthy got much worse after the committee hearings leads me personally to conclude that McCarthy's frustration with them contributed to his angry state of mind which hurt his cause more than it helped it.

It's fine if you ultimately disagree with some of Buckley's conclusions, especially given the time of the book's writing (some of McCarthy's worst excesses came later), but it's a fair and well written book.If you are interested in the topic I found this book far more informative and impartial than any coverage I've seen in any class room (the worst place to learn about people like McCarthy, in my experience).

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