For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of our citizens. In this masterful history, Haynes Johnson re-creates that time of crisis, of President Eisenhower, who hated McCarthy but would not attack him; of the Republican senators who cynically used McCarthy to win their own elections; of Edward R. Murrow, whose courageous TV broadcast began McCarthy's downfall; and of mild-mannered lawyer Joseph Welch, who finally shamed McCarthy into silence.Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time, when fear again affects American behavior and attitudes, for he believes now, as then, that our civil liberties, our Constitution, and our nation are at stake as we confront the ever more difficult task of balancing the need for national security with that of personal liberty.
Compelling narrative history, insightful political commentary, and intimate personal remembrance combine to make The Age of Anxiety a vitally important book for our time.
"Pulitzer-winning journalist Johnson (The Best of Times) offers an engrossing account of the career of red-baiting demagogue Joseph McCarthy and a chilling description of his legacy for today." (Publishers Weekly)
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a virtual page turner
the whole story is top class.It is illuminating to look in on one of the most shocking abuses of political power in recent times.It is beautifully balanced and free of the usual party politics and ideology of a lot of the media these days
It is hard to pick out a particular moment as it all flows so wellBut i guess i would pick out the revelation that Joe never had any evidence at all and as such could not pass any information to the relevant authorities.It was all pure bluff and obfuscation on the part of a vicious hectoring bully
It is yet again hard to pick one particular scene but one can certainly say they are glad that he metaphorically hung himself
yes it was but it wasn't quite possible.If this was in paper form it would certainly be described as hard to put down
this story is still so relevant to today and the given a free abuses of unchecked power especially given our age of fear and seeming trial by media.It shows why there must be judicial checks and balance and not to give to much power in just one man as none of us are able to completely curb ourselves if we are given a free reign
The relatively sombre tones of the narrator works well on such a works as it lets the story stand for itself
- Nicky Beet