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Joe McCarthy and the Press
Edwin R. Bayley

"I have in my hand . . . a list of 205 communists . . ."
Joe McCarthy

This is a book for historians, journalistsand for all of us who need to remember this turbulent time in our nation's past, and its lessons for today.

"No one who cares about liberty will read Mr. Bayley's masterful study without a shudder about the journalistic cop-outs that contributed to making the nightmare called McCarthyism. This book reminds us that it could happen here, but perhaps will make it harder to happen next time."
Daniel Schorr

"Thorough, incisive and fascinating, this is the best account we have of the strange relationship between Joe McCarthy and the American press."—Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Edwin R. Bayley was a political reporter at the Milwaukee Journal from 1946 to 1959. He later worked in the Kennedy Administration and became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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cover of Bayley's book shows a photo of McCarthy, the old red-baiter and right wing demagogue himself

First paperback edition

January 2005
LC: 81-050824 E
344 pp.  6 x 9

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Paper $24.95 s
ISBN 978-0-299-08624-4
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