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From Farm Boy to Fear Monger

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From Farm Boy to Fear Monger

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To those who made his acquaintance, Joe McCarthy was a a bundle of contradictions. A family man with rural Wisconsin roots who became a lying politician in Washington, D.C.

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He was the face of the Red Scare, and his name has become synonymous with political witch-hunting. Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy investigated Communist subversion in America in the 1950s, wielding enormous power, until his tactics, his alliances, and his drinking ruined both his career and reputation. But was McCarthy really a villainous demagogue, or was he a victim of false accusations? Separate the man from the myth as we present a comprehensive picture of this divisive figure.

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