Ike and McCarthy : Dwight Eisenhower's secret campaign against Joseph McCarthy

by Nichols, David A. 1939-

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Revealed for the first time, this is the full story of how President Dwight Eisenhower masterminded the downfall of the anti-Communist demagogue Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Behind the scenes, Eisenhower loathed McCarthy, the powerful Republican senator notorious for his anti-Communist witch hunt. In spite of a public perception that Eisenhower was unwilling to challenge McCarthy, Ike believed that directly confronting the senator would diminish the presidency. Therefore, the president operated with a "hidden hand," refusing even to mention the Senator's name.

In Ike and McCarthy , David A 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. The White House employed surrogates to conduct a clandestine campaign against McCarthy and was not above using information about the private lives of McCarthy's aides as ammunition.

In January 1954 McCarthy was arguably the most powerful member of the Senate. By the end of that year, he had been censured by his colleagues for unbecoming conduct. Eisenhower's covert operation had discredited the senator months earlier, exploiting the controversy that resulted from the televised Army-McCarthy hearings. McCarthy would never recover his lost prestige. Nichols uses documents previously unavailable or overlooked to authenticate the extraordinary story of Eisenhower's anti-McCarthy campaign. Ike and McCarthy is an eye-opening, newsworthy, and fascinating read.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957) was an undistinguished Wisconsin senator who rocketed to fame in 1950 with spectacular claims of government infiltration by communists. When Eisenhower entered office in 1953, many observers criticized the new president for failing to "get down in the gutter" and publicly repudiate McCarthy. But Nichols (Eisenhower 1956), an Eisenhower specialist and former academic dean at Southwestern College, makes a reasonable case that Eisenhower secretly engineered McCarthy's downfall. The book is a blow-by-blow account of political maneuvering, mostly from January to June 1954, during McCarthy's Army investigation, when, Nichols maintains, a fed-up Eisenhower launched "all-out war." McCarthy's weak point, advisors agreed, was his chief consul, Roy Cohn, who had badgered the Army to obtain special treatment for his assistant, G. David Schine. Sure enough, a report on those efforts, distributed at Eisenhower's request, produced headlines and provoked the subsequent Army-McCarthy hearings, which were televised live and proved to be a public relations disaster for the senator. His influence declined, though his boorish behavior did not. Nichols incorporates memos, transcripts, speeches, interviews, and news conferences. His work is never dull and readers will likely agree with his conclusion that Eisenhower worked hard behind the scenes to foil McCarthy. Agent: Will Lippincott, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Eisenhower, Dwight D. -- (Dwight David), -- 1890-1969.
McCarthy, Joseph, -- 1908-1957.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. -- (Dwight David), -- 1890-1969 -- Influence.
Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- Social aspects -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2017
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xiii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-368) and index.
ISBN 9781451686609
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