Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Revisited

GUESTS: ARTHUR HERMAN *Visiting Associate Professor of History at George Mason University, Washington, DC *Author, Joseph McCarthy: Re-examining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator (Free Press, 1999) VICTOR NAVASKY *Publisher and Editorial Director, The Nation *Author, Naming Names (Viking, 1980; being released in 2000 by Farrar-Strauss) Joseph McCarthy, Republican Senator from Wisconsin, is one of the most controversial and reviled figures of the 20th century. But now, declassified material recently released by the National Security Agency is being interpreted by some as evidence that McCarthy was right about a lot of things, including the number of Communists in the U.S. government in the 40s and 50s. Join Michael Krasny and guests as they examine this controversial reassessment of McCarthy, on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.

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