Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy by David A. NicholsGoodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.
McCarthy came to prominence when he claimed that he possessed a list of over two hundred U. State Department personnel who were in league with the Soviet Union. His anti-Communist campaign ended when he investigated Communist subversion in the U. The conflict between McCarthy and Eisenhower began when Eisenhower was campaigning in his first election in Then presidential candidate Eisenhower traveled to Wisconsin to deliver a speech.
Thank you! Regarding McCarthy, one of his most effective ploys was to never speak his name. As chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, featuring control of the permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, McCarthy used his position in his fervent search for those who might subvert American values. He was an impulsive loose cannon, rarely planning his denunciations. Feeding his mania was his chief counsel, Roy Cohn, whose main objective was to keep his chief consultant, David Schine, close to him and out of trouble.
According to Eisenhower's brother, Milton, the former five-star general turned politician "loathed McCarthy as much as any human being could loathe another. While the story is sometimes repetitive, it is a thorough and detailed look inside one of the classic battles in American politics. Eisenhower's disdain for McCarthy grew, Nichols writes, after his experiences with McCarthy during his campaign for president. Eisenhower, furious at the challenges to Marshall's patriotism, intended to defend his old boss in an Oct. As president, he never mentioned McCarthy by name in public, Ike's way of saying "You don't really matter.
Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy
They shook hands for the cameras, but Dwight Eisenhower privately abhorred Senator Joseph McCarthy, the powerful Republican senator notorious for his anti-Communist campaign. In spite of a public perception that Eisenhower was unwilling to challenge McCarthy, Ike believed that directly confronting the senator would diminish the presidency. Nichols shows how the tension between the two men escalated. In a direct challenge to Eisenhower, McCarthy alleged that the US Army was harboring communists and launched an investigation. But the senator had unwittingly signed his own political death warrant. By January McCarthy was arguably the most powerful member of the Senate.