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Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (November 14, 1908 - May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion.[1] He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere.

Books and articles on McCarthy and 'McCarthyism'

Secondary sources

  • Bayley, Edwin R. Joe McCarthy and the Press.   University of Wisconsin Press . ISBN 0-299-08624-0.
  • Belfrage, Cedric The American Inquisition, 1945-1960: A Profile of the "McCarthy Era".   Thunder's Mouth Press . ISBN 0-938410-87-3.
  • Buckley, William F. McCarthy and His Enemies: The Record and Its Meaning.   Regnery Publishing . ISBN 0-89526-472-2.
  • James Burnham The Web of Subversion, John Day Company, 1954.
  • Cook, Fred J. The Nightmare Decade: The Life and Times of Senator Joe McCarthy.   Random House . ISBN 0-394-46270-X.
  • Coulter, Ann Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism.   Three Rivers Press . ISBN 1-4000-5032-4.
  • Donald F. God, Church, and Flag: Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and the Catholic Church, 1950-1957.   University of North Carolina Press . ISBN 0-8078-1312-5.
  • Crosby, Donald F. "The Jesuits and Joe McCarthy." Church History 1977 46(3): 374-388. Issn: 0009-6407 Fulltext: in Jstor
  • Daynes, Gary Making Villains, Making Heroes: Joseph R. McCarthy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Politics of American Memory.   Taylor & Francis . ISBN 0-8153-2992-X.
  • Evans, M. Stanton Blacklisted By History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies.   Crown Forum . ISBN 1-4000-8105-X.
  • Freeland, Richard M. The Truman Doctrine and the Origins of McCarthyism: Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics, and Internal Security, 1946-1948.   New York University Press . ISBN 0-8147-2576-7.
  • Fried, Richard M. Men Against McCarthy.   Columbia University Press . ISBN 0-231-08360-2.
  • Richard M. Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective.   Oxford University Press . ISBN 0-19-504361-8.
  • Gauger, Michael. "Flickering Images: Live Television Coverage and Viewership of the Army-McCarthy Hearings." Historian 2005 67(4): 678-693. Issn: 0018-2370 Fulltext: in Swetswise, Ingenta and Ebsco. Audience ratings show that few people watched the hearings.
  • Griffith, Robert The Politics of Fear: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Senate.   University of Massachusetts Press . ISBN 0-87023-555-9.
  • Haynes, John Earl and Klehr, Harvey Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America.   Yale University Press . ISBN 0-300-08462-5.
  • Herman, Arthur Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator.   Free Press . ISBN 0-684-83625-4.
  • Joel Kovel, (1994) Red Hunting in the Promised Land: Anticommunism and the making of America Cassell.
  • Latham, Earl, Communist Controversy in Washington: From the New Deal to McCarthy, Macmillan Publishing Company 1969 isbn 0-689-70121-7
  • Murphy, Brenda. Congressional Theatre: Dramatizing McCarthyism on Stage, Film, and Television. Cambridge U. Press, 1999.
  • O'Brien, Michael McCarthy and McCarthyism in Wisconsin.   Olympic Marketing Corp . ISBN 0-8262-0319-1.
  • Oshinsky, David M. A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy.   Oxford University Press . ISBN 0-19-515424-X.
  • Powers, Richard Gid Not Without Honor: A History of American AntiCommunism.   Free Press . ISBN 0-300-07470-0.
  • Ranville, Michael To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch-Hunt.   Momentum Books Limited . ISBN 1-879094-53-3.
  • Reeves, Thomas C. The Life and Times of Joe McCarthy: A Biography.   Madison Books . ISBN 1-56833-101-0.
  • Rosteck, Thomas See It Now Confronts McCarthyism: Television Documentary and the Politics of Representation.   University of Alabama Press . ISBN 0-8173-5191-4.
  • Rovere, Richard H. Senator Joe McCarthy.   University of California Press . ISBN 0-520-20472-7.
  • Ellen Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America.   Little, Brown . ISBN 0-316-77470-7.
  • Strout, Lawrence N. Covering McCarthyism: How the Christian Science Monitor Handled Joseph R. McCarthy, 1950-1954.   Greenwood Press . ISBN 0-313-31091-2.
  • David P. (Spring 1966) Joe Must Go: The Movement to Recall Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.   State Historical Society of Wisconsin. pp. 185–209
  • Tom Shooting Star: The Brief Arc of Joe McCarthy.   Harcourt . ISBN 0-15-101082-X.

Primary sources


  1. For a history of this period, see, for example:
    David Caute The Great Fear: The Anti-Communist Purge Under Truman and Eisenhower.  Simon & Schuster . ISBN 0671226827. ; Richard M. Fried Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective.  Oxford University Press . ISBN 0-19-504361-8. ; Ellen Schrecker Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America.  Little, Brown . ISBN 0-316-77470-7.