Maurice Rosenblatt and the Fall of Joseph McCarthy
Drawing on interviews with Rosenblatt and other actors in the drama and on previously unresearched collections of papers, Scates tells a tale of excess and intrigue in an engagingly salty style. Passages quoted from the transcripts of McCarthy’s closed-door hearings -- not released until 2003, fifty years after the fact -- reveal in the participants’ own words how McCarthy grilled, cajoled, and threatened his witnesses and how they responded. Rosenblatt’s words and records offer the counterpoint, revealing the opposition’s strategy: “the way to defeat an extremist is with the conservative establishment.” In telling the story, Scates gives Rosenblatt the acknowledgment he deserves for having helped end a fearful episode in American political history.
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"This in-depth look at the man who brought down Joe McCarthy brings the ugliness of that era back into sharp focus. But Scates also rewards us for reliving all of that by introducing us to a real American hero: Maurice Rosenblatt, the lobbyist who ended McCarthy's reign of fear."—Jim McDermott, U.S. Congressman, Washington State District 7
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