IKE AND MCCARTHY by David A. Nichols | Kirkus ReviewsThank you! Regarding McCarthy, one of his most effective ploys was to never speak his name. As chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, featuring control of the permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, McCarthy used his position in his fervent search for those who might subvert American values. He was an impulsive loose cannon, rarely planning his denunciations. Feeding his mania was his chief counsel, Roy Cohn, whose main objective was to keep his chief consultant, David Schine, close to him and out of trouble. He effectively conducted one-senator hearings, abused senatorial privilege, and, in one particular incident, insulted a highly decorated general—the last straw for Eisenhower.
Book review: Biographer maps out Eisenhower's 'secret' war against Joe McCarthy
While making a speech in Wheeling, W. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin announced that communists had infiltrated the U. State Department. He then wildly waved a list of purported communists in front of an astounded audience. It did not matter to the Republican senator that the list contained no names, nor that he kept changing the number. At the height of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Russia, McCarthy got what he wanted: continuous press coverage over the following years as he went on a perpetual, reckless rampage, groundlessly accusing U. In his heedless pursuit of headlines and power, McCarthy destroyed countless reputations, perhaps even lives.
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According to Eisenhower's brother, Milton, the former five-star general turned politician "loathed McCarthy as much as any human being could loathe another. While the story is sometimes repetitive, it is a thorough and detailed look inside one of the classic battles in American politics. Eisenhower's disdain for McCarthy grew, Nichols writes, after his experiences with McCarthy during his campaign for president. Eisenhower, furious at the challenges to Marshall's patriotism, intended to defend his old boss in an Oct. As president, he never mentioned McCarthy by name in public, Ike's way of saying "You don't really matter. Still, during his first year in the White House, Eisenhower continued his strategy of non-confrontation, arguing that McCarthy would just feed off the attention as he had President Harry Truman's.