I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher, Simon and Schuster. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my history book review blog. It was also posted to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book because I am interested in american history and the presidents. It is the first book aby David Nichols that I have read.
This book is well researched and written. I have not read anything extensive about the Joe McCarthy years in Congress prior to this one. Nichols does a very good job of laying out the strategy that Einsenhower employed in helping to cause the demise of Senator McCarthy (who did an admirable job by himself). To many Ike appeared uninterested and aloof from the events happening with McCarthy’s committee while in reality he devised a well structured attack on the Senator that was comparable to battle plans in a war.
What struck me most about this narrative is the fact that Einsenhower refused to take the bait (on numerous occasions) and publicly comdemn the Senator. He stayed the course with his plan and in the end it resulted in the diminished popularity and power that McCarthy arrogantly and visicously applied to many innocent individuals.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in american history and the presidents. In particualr, those who are interested in the cold war era and the fear and paranoia that it spread during that time.