INVESTIGATIONS: Toward a McCarthaginian Peace

The first six months of 1953 was a period to warm the cockles of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's heart. He bounced from headline to headline, denouncing the use of Communist books in U.S.-sponsored overseas libraries, challenging with cloakroom innuendo the appointment of Charles Bohlen as ambassador to Russia, engaging in a transatlantic cat fight with Britain's Clement Attlee. But with the adjournment of Congress, McCarthy had to scramble to keep his name in the big black type. He was beginning to sag as a topic of conversation when Harry Truman came to...

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