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Shooting Star: The Brief Arc of Joe McCarthy

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Joe McCarthy first became visible to the nation on February 9, 1950, when he delivered a Lincoln Day address to local Republicans in Wheeling, West Virginia. That night he declared, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 [members of the Communist Party] still working and shaping policy in the State Department." Anticommunism was already a cause embraced by the Republican Pa ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 20th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 04, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it
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Review title: Seen a shooting star tonight, and I thought of you
Wicker's aptly-named extended essay on Senator Joe McCarthy reminds us that his period of ascendancy was so brief that it seems a presage of modern burnouts; as Neil Young wrote, its better to burn out, like Johnny Rotten, than to fade away.

Wicker uses the term "subversion" frequently to describe McCarthy's charges against his accused Communist sympathizers and fellow-travelers.

Subversion (n): corruption: destroying someone's (or s
Jul 14, 2009 Shamik rated it liked it
Good book. Learned a lot and it's a quick read, but you either have to like politics or history to really appreciate it. And since I HATE politics and love history, I give it 3/5, but I'm definitely better for having read it.
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