By M. Stanton Evans
Accused of constructing a bogus crimson Scare and smearing numerous blameless sufferers in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. background has judged him the sort of loathsome determine that even this present day, a part century after his dying, his identify is still synonymous with witch hunts.
But that traditional snapshot is all improper, as veteran journalist and writer M. Stanton Evans finds during this groundbreaking publication. The long-awaited Blacklisted through History, in response to six years of extensive examine, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his crusade to unmask Communists, Soviet brokers, and flagrant loyalty dangers operating in the U.S. executive. Evans’s revelations thoroughly overturn our realizing of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the chilly conflict.
Drawing on fundamental sources—including never-before-published govt documents and FBI records, in addition to contemporary learn gleaned from Soviet data and intercepted transmissions among Moscow spymasters and their brokers within the United States—Evans offers irrefutable proof of a continuing Communist force to penetrate our executive, effect its rules, and scouse borrow its secrets and techniques. such a lot stunning of all, he indicates that U.S. officers supposedly guarding in contrast chance not just permit it occur yet actively coated up the penetration. All of this was once accurately as Joe McCarthy contended.
Blacklisted by way of History exhibits, for example, that the FBI knew as early as 1942 that J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the atomic bomb venture, were pointed out through Communist leaders as a celebration member; that high-level U.S. officers have been warned that Alger Hiss was once a Soviet undercover agent virtually a decade earlier than the Hiss case grew to become a public scandal; cabal of White condo, Justice division, and nation division officers lied approximately and lined up the Amerasia undercover agent case; and that the nation division have been seriously penetrated by way of Communists and Soviet brokers sooner than McCarthy got here at the scene.
Evans additionally indicates that essentially every thing we’ve been advised approximately McCarthy is fake, together with traditional remedy of the recognized 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that introduced the McCarthy period (“I have right here in my hand . . .”), the Senate hearings that casually brushed aside his fees, the problem of prime McCarthy suspect Owen Lattimore, the Annie Lee Moss case, the Army-McCarthy hearings, and masses extra.
In the top, Senator McCarthy used to be censured via his colleagues and condemned via the clicking and historians. yet as Evans writes, “The actual Joe McCarthy has vanished into the mists of delusion and recycled errors, in order that it takes the identical of a dragnet seek to discover him.” Blacklisted by means of History presents the 1st actual account of what McCarthy did and, extra commonly, what occurred to the United States through the chilly struggle. it's a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our nationwide coverage in that clash and our figuring out of its historical past since.
From the Hardcover edition.