By happenstance earlier this fall, I happened to read two books that touched on the effects of the McCarthy hearings. Both books made me want to read more about this time. Walter Cronkite’s A Reporter’s Life talks a little bit about the effects of the “witch hunts” on some of his colleagues. Sara Paretsky’s mystery Blacklist uses the hearings as the secret behind some murders in the suburbs of Chicago. Both books are very interesting.
I have heard good things about the movie about Edgar R. Murrow, Good Night, and Good Luck, but I haven’t seen it yet.
Here are some other books that will might interest readers about McCarthy, the Communist party in America and the fifties in general.
Blacklisted by history : the untold story of Senator Joe McCarthy and his fight against America’s enemies by M. Stanton Evans
Reds : McCarthyism in twentieth-century America by Ted Morgan
The Redhunter : a novel based on the life and times of Senator Joe McCarthy by William F. Buckley
American inquisition: the era of McCarthyism by Ellen Schrecker
The red flag : a history of communism by David Priestland
Shooting star : the brief arc of Joe McCarthy by Tom Wicker
McCarthy and the fear of communism in American history by Karen Zeinert.
The life and times of Joe McCarthy by Thomas Reeves
The McCarthy hearings by Philip Brooks
The red and the blacklist : the intimate memoir of a Hollywood expatriate by Norma Barzman
Words at war : World War II era radio drama and the postwar broadcasting industry blacklist by Howard Blue
Refugees from Hollywood : a journal of the blacklist years by Jean Rouverol
Hollywood exile, or, How I learned to love the blacklist by Bernard Gordon
Tender comrades : a backstory of the Hollywood blacklist by Patrick McGilligan
Inside out : a memoir of the blacklist by Walter Bernstein
Fellow travelers by Thomas Mallon