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Conspiracy So Immense

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Historian David M. Oshinsky reveals the internal and external forces that launched Joseph McCarthy on his political career, carried him to national prominence, and, finally, triggered his decline and fall. More than the life of an intensely -- even pathologically -- ambitious man, however, A Conspiracy So Immense is a fascinating portrait of America in the grip of Cold War ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published March 1st 1985 by Free Press (first published 1983)
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I have always been fascinated by the meteoric rise and fall of Senator Joseph McCarthy, and the early days of the Cold War in general. Oshinsky sets out to present a fair and balanced portrait of the much-maligned progenitor of the communist witch hunt, seeking out interviews with childhood friends, neighbours and co-workers of the Wisconsin politician in an effort to better understand his formative years. The result is a well-written, if dry, account of an intensely ambitious and patriotic man, ...more
This was an excellent biography of a very nasty man. I read this after reading several other books in which McCarthy made an appearance because I wanted to understand what made this guy tick. I am not sure that this book did that, but out of the few biographies written specifically about JM, it seemed to have the potential for being the most fair. Parenthetically I would not consider a book written on this subject by William Buckley to be a fair rendition on JM and his times.
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What a fricken disaster of a person McCarthy was. However bad he was though, he ( I hope) taught us a lesson - the lesson that we must stand against evil immediately. Standing by while bad things happen in hopes of just getting by is unacceptable, particularly in our political arena. We must stand for good.

The book was extremely thick and into politics, so be prepared for that when reading this book. I had to fight through the book, because in addition to my revulsion to McCarthy the political d
Clayton Brannon
Very well written account of a complicated man that few will ever understand. He destroyed himself through ego and the abuse of alcohol.
Joseph Patchen
Extraordinarily researched and a marvelous historical biography for one of the most compelling figures in American history. This fills in a lot of gaps and answers a lot of questions that my history teacher and books had left out.
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