The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy
By James Cross Giblin
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618610587, 304pp.)
Publication Date: December 2009
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When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph ("call me Joe") McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods. Award-winning writer James Cross Giblin tells the story of a man whose priorities centered on power and media attention and who stopped at nothing to obtain both. The strengths and weaknesses of the man and the system that permitted his rise are explored in this authoritative, lucid biography, which sets McCarthy's life against a teeming backdrop of world affairs and struggles between military and political rivals at home. Chapter notes, bibliography, index.
James Cross Giblin received the Sibert Medal for The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. The author of many acclaimed books for young readers, he lives in New York City.
Timely and significant...If I were a high school teacher concentrating on the postwar era, I would devote a good part of my course to discussing this book for the cautionary tale it tells."--New York Times Book Review
"This lucid, authoritative portrait offers readers a compelling, real-life cautionary tale of blind ambition and the reckless pursuit of power. A tour de force."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Giblin's unmistakable research and passion for the subject add up to a comprehensive portrayal of a complex figure. Abundant source notes and further reading suggestions conclude this expansive undertaking."--Publishers Weekly
"Excellent quality archival photos and political cartoons appear throughout." --School Library Journal