Ike and mccarthy book review
The Downfall of Joseph McCarthy (Compare to Donald Trump)
Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy
They shook hands for the cameras, but Dwight Eisenhower privately abhorred Senator Joseph McCarthy, the powerful Republican senator notorious for his anti-Communist campaign. In spite of a public perception that Eisenhower was unwilling to challenge McCarthy, Ike believed that directly confronting the senator would diminish the presidency. Nichols shows how the tension between the two men escalated. In a direct challenge to Eisenhower, McCarthy alleged that the US Army was harboring communists and launched an investigation. But the senator had unwittingly signed his own political death warrant.
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McCarthy came to prominence when he claimed that he possessed a list of over two hundred U. State Department personnel who were in league with the Soviet Union. His anti-Communist campaign ended when he investigated Communist subversion in the U. The conflict between McCarthy and Eisenhower began when Eisenhower was campaigning in his first election in Then presidential candidate Eisenhower traveled to Wisconsin to deliver a speech.
His rantings about Communist infiltration of the US government left the public spellbound and paranoid. President Dwight Eisenhower has been viewed as passive in his handling of the brash senator. This was not the whole story. Dwight Eisenhower was a crafty Army General who plotted covert action to undo the wholesale damage being wrought by the McCarthy hearings. Information would be leaked in an attempt to discredit Cohn and McCarthy. The truth would be hidden for many years, but justice would ultimately be served.