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Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies

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Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.
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Hardcover, 663 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Crown Forum (first published January 1st 2007)
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Atchisson
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I will tell you now, if you want to be unsubscribed from everything from evite lists to goodreads lists, just tell someone that a) you're reading this b) you are loving this and c) MORE people should read this to get a better understanding of just what Joe McCarthy was REALLY all about. Nebulous terms about him and his name have been floated about from history classes to pop culture for decades, yet none of them can tell you anything about him, his methods, or his results. IF you really want to ...more
Margitte
This is one of those books that will trigger you to kill anyone who wants to convince you that the earth is round, while you staunchly insist that it is flat. So, if you are one of those people who refuse to walk away from your own truths and discover new possibilities, STAY AWAY! This book will rock your world!

I've been reading this book for many weeks now. It's so packed with facts, well documented research and history, that it takes time to absorb it all.

Based on the new information which wa
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Wayne
A biased, well researched book. OK, disclosure first, I didn't finsih the book. I stopped on page 151 out of 600. I just couldn't take it any more.
Evans' view is that Joseph McCarthy is undeserving of the mantle that history has laid out for him. He was simply the leading figure in the few that were properly acknowledging the enormous problem of Communist infiltration of the US Government during the 1940s and 1950s. Evans attempts to prove this by laying out the case against people that McCarthy
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Bliss Tew
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I bought the book in the Sacramento airport and started reading it on the plane home in September 2008. Stanton Evans, a true student and researcher into the Cold War, has vindicated all those who have defended Senator Joseph McCarthy for his long and lonely effort to expose some of the communists and traitors who were inhabiting federal positions of trust.

The careful documentation of Stanton's long-researched book speaks for itself. When coupled with the excellent book "The Venona Secrets," th
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Krista
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
More "stuff you don't learn in school" - not only was the Communist threat to the country real and the infiltration unbelievably thorough, but thanks to documents that have been released in the last few years, we actually have (long-suppressed) evidence that McCarthy had something right. Not perfect, but he was on to something (which, incidentally, had been pursued by another congressman a few years earlier, as well).

Even more remarkable is that so many of the actual records of his hearings and
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Beth
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book changed me. I swallowed rage. The evil that was perpetrated by communist spies destroyed my illusions.

You will think that I listened only to one side of the story. But that is untrue. I read McCarthy and the Fear of Communism in American Historybefore, and I read Shooting Star: The Brief Arc of Joe McCarthy after.

If the truth isn't too strong for you. Read this book. You will change.
Brent McGregor
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exhaustive research. One can only imagine what else he would have been able to expose had no so many vial documents "disappeared".
Another subtitle could be, "The Pilfering of Truth".
THIS BOOK OFFERS JAW DROPPING REVELATIONS ON EVERY PAGE.
I went into this with the attitude that McCarthy wasn't as bad as everyone says. This book correctly frames the issues and what was at stake.

The McCarthy era wasn't about him destroying innocent people's lives or anything like that. McCarthy was the victim OF
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Cathy
Aug 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Had to push myself to read halfway, then gave up. I think the author's point is that the Senate "investigation" was nothing but a partisan battle in which the Democrats succeeded in making McCarthy look bad. However, the author is so transparently partisan in trying to make McCarthy look good that you still have to wonder where the truth lies. Another annoying aspect, unless you are a serious McCarthy scholar, is the author's attempt to answer the details of every charge chapter and verse. I was ...more
Matt
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ronald Reagan famously said, "Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." Of course, that's often true for all of us, and as far as Cold War topics go, I think Joe McCarthy must be near the top of the list of things about which what we know isn't so.

The author went back to look at primary materials to investigate many claims made by historians, such as "McCarthy didn't name names." In fact, one of the reasons I couldn't rat
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Terri
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you can read this book with an open mind you will gather valuable information. You must discard all the false “facts” thrown at you in school. And, please, forget the idea that McCarthy started HUAC: he was a Senator, for crying out loud! The mists of lies and fabrications spread for so many years will vanish and the truth will enlighten you.

Among the things you will learn is that the precursor of the investigations imputed to Senator McCarthy, was actually a committee headed by a Democrat i
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David Monroe
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
Redeem Joe McCarthy? Only McCarthy can respond to this revisionist drivel: “This,” muttered the flummoxed McCarthy as the Senate moved to condemn his behavior, “is the most unheard-of thing I ever heard of.”
Christine Hunt
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: individuals who value digging out truth for themselves
In its 605 pages, veteran journalist M. Stanton Evans gives specific details and reveals confidential Communist records of Soviet spy networks within the U.S., South America, Europe, and especially their connections with China in a joint attempt to control U.S. Ameri-Asian policy.

It also details and explains documented [but not talked of by our media] legal trials of U.S. citizens found guilty--not by McCarthy but by a federal court of law--of espionage and treason. Those things don't get much a
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MrsER
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you ever read reviews by Booklist, Publisher's Weekly or Library Journal and believe their detractions of any writer who is not a Liberal, you would probably pass on this book. In my case, I generally read their reviews to ascertain how accurate an author is, because their reviews are what I call "parallel opposite"; in other words, if, for example, they accuse a writer of inaccuracy, I conclude the opposite is most likely to be true.

In Evans' case, the three relate the rehabilitation of mal
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Kristi
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Fake news" has been around a long time. Joe McCarthy was right that the State Department, among other federal agencies, had known Communists in its employ. It is a tragedy that not only was this truth deliberately obscured, but the life of a decent man was destroyed as a result.

Evans painstakingly details the evidence for McCarthy's claims that particular people were working within the federal government to pursue an agenda that benefited Russia, not the United States. There are too many to me
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Rebecca
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like I owe this book a more in-depth, detailed review than the one I'm going to give it. There is a mountain of things I've been thinking of saying when I finally got to the end of the book and was ready to review, but at this point....I am overwhelmed by all of them, so I will do a short version now. Perhaps later I will come back and edit this into the dissertation that it deserves, but that night is not this night.

Let's start with the obvious. This is not the book to read if you don't
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Varmint
Nov 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: political junkies
what is the point of re examining a fifty year old cold war incident?


every day i read of some washington scandal with no real resolution. why isn't sandy berger in leavenworth for example? guess it will take fifty years to get any answers. and stanton evans is right on time. a few people have made careers out of distorting the truth surrounding the mccarthy era. thousands more stood by and let them.

i as never really able to focus on the case before. every book and movie, there are hundreds, al
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Jocelyn
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm reading this in small doses because I'm interested in the history of this era, but it's not pleasure-reading. Evans presents a very accessible, well-researched, and thoroughly documented look at how the communist organization in America succeeded in demonizing Senator Joseph McCarthy. Debunks many myths about his personal as well as his political life. Turns out that the real "McCarthyism" was the campaign that McCarthy's enemies employed against him.
Pemberley
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent and well written book. We are too quick to believe history painted by oneside. Joe McCarthy was a brilliant man - if it weren't for him we might be speaking Russian today. Luckily, today we can go back to the sources and find the truth - there were Soviet Spies in the very highest levels of government. People like to paint the soviet scare as a non-issue, which it was not. They try to paint McCarthy as responsible for every bad thing that was done during this time when he wa ...more
Matthew Dambro
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stunning defense of McCarthy. He was right all along the line. He was brought down by the progressives because he was too effective at rooting out their ilk from government service. Evans' backup material is flawless. His research is impeccable. This should be required reading at American colleges rather than BHO's tracts in favor of socialism.
Regular Joe
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I recently came across M. Stanton Evans' relatively recent book (2007) entitled Blacklisted By History (The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy--And His Fight Against America's Enemies). Having grown up during the events in this book, I was generally familiar with what came to be known as the Red Scare of McCarthyism. Suffice it to say, my impressions and recollections of McCarthy weren't very positive. After hearing about this book, I thought I would give another view of the McCarthy story a f ...more
James
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Read more or less as a capitalist appendix to Sinclair’s Oil
Kay Mercuro
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though this book is long I could not put it down. It is filled with so much documented information of the period in questions where we had lots of security problems in our government and cover up schemes which worked at the time. Some of the obstruction to getting at the truth done then is a constant reminder that nothing has changed today as similar tactics are used.

Fortunately, this book lists names and supporting documents to prove Senator McCarthy was right all along that our governmen
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Diane Kennicker
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Joe McCarthy dusted off some old files compiled by the Dies Committe during the 30's and 40's that showed there were suspected Communists within our government. FDR and Truman knew of this, as did the FBI and State Department but none of the agencies ever pursued "rooting out" the Red Menace. The issue of Communists within the government was essentially 'swept under the rug'. These issues were unresolved at the time McCarthy found these files and he believed it was necessary and important enough ...more
Chad Montabon
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book languished on my 'abandoned' list for a long time. I had started it from a library book, then moved on and found it again on my e-reader.

It has it's moments. The Amerasia Affair was previously unknown to me as was Ann Lee Moss story. There is much to follow up on.

The purpose of the book was not a radical reassessment of Senator McCarthy or the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities, but an attempt to at least not make the pro-forma use of 'McCarthyism' go unchallenged. I would bet th
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John D Barber
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The truth

I have read many books on the history of the US, most recently relating to the FDR, Truman and now Eisenhower administrations. McCarthy was so thoroughly vilified by the press and historians that it leads me to believe there was another story behind it all. That story is brilliantly exposed here. In reality, McCarthy was right. There were serious lapses in our security and hundreds of communist agents in our own government, relaying to Moscow our most sensitive secrets. Even Ike was par
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Cathy
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror...his name remains synonymous with witch hunts."

Was McCarthy right all along? This book explores that question and answers it in a way that may surprise some-- Yes. He was. History has proven his concerns to be true, and this book documents the communist infiltration that took place in the highest levels of our government from the 1930s on. How much damage has been done to America and t
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JJ
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
The author or publisher chose to disable text to speech in attempt to force people to buy the audible version. How disappointing and unfortunate. I'm still going to read this book, but the author will not get a Kindle sale from me because I'm going to buy a paperback off the Amazon marketplace. A kindle book without text to speech is worthless to me. I hate it when authors remove this function. It's rude to people with special needs. Plus, you cannot cite pages in an audible version of a book.
Blake Hiatt
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, but, interestingly enough, my mom wouldn't look at the book, because, as far as she is concerned, McCarthy was an evil man. Yet, was he? No, unfortunately, he was right and was vilified for it.
Carlos González
A tour de force in investigative journalism; as well as a must-read for American history buffs.
Emil O. W. Kirkegaard
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, history
An astonishing book. Joe McCarthy is vilified to the extreme in popular discourse, and by conservatives as well. His name gave rise to a popular ism used against totalitarian people. But is it another round of fake history? The winner writes the history books, after all. More so than just the winner, left-wingers write the history books because they dominate academia to absurd degrees (17 to 1 democrats per republican in this study https://www.nas.org/articles/homogeno...), and McCarthy spent ye ...more
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American journalist, author and educator. As an undergraduate, Evans was an editor for the Yale Daily News. Upon graduation, Evans became assistant editor of The Freeman, where Chodorov was editor. The following year, he joined the staff of William F. Buckley's fledgling National Review (where he served as associate editor from 1960 to 1973)and became managing editor of Human Events, where he is c ...more
“Given this blizzard of Bureau paper, any half-sentient high official of the government had to know, by mid-1946, that a truly massive problem existed. Reaction to these advices, however, was strangely torpid. After an early flicker of concern, the White House seemed especially inert—indeed, quite hostile to the revelations, and in virtually no case inclined to action. At agencies where the suspects worked, responses weren’t a great deal better. In some cases, the reports were simply ignored; in others, they provoked some initial interest, but not much beyond this; in still others, people who received the memos would say they never got them. Considering the gravity of the problem, Hoover must have felt he was pushing on a string. A recurring subject in the Bureau files is the matter of reports to high officials that somehow got “lost.” That reports about such topics would be casually laid aside or “lost” suggests, at best, a thorough indifference to the scope and nature of the trouble. From Hoover’s comments it’s also apparent he suspected something worse—the passing around of the memos to people who weren’t supposed to have them.” 1 likes
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