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A list of key readings about Joe McCarthy.
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  • Buckley, William F. McCarthy and His Enemies (1954)
  • Crosby, S.J., Donald F. God, Church and Flag: Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and the Catholic Church, 1950-1957 (1978). online edition
  • Fried, Richard M. Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective 1990 online edition
  • Griffith, Robert. The Politics of Fear: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Senate 1987 online edition
  • Herman, Arthur Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America’s Most Hated Senator (2000). excerpt and text search
  • Latham, Earl Communist Controversy in Washington: From the New Deal to McCarthy. (1969).
  • O'Brien, Michael. McCarthy and McCarthyism in Wisconsin. (1981)
  • Oshinsky, David M. A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy (1983), standard biography excerpt and text search
  • Reeves, Thomas C. The Life and Times of Joe McCarthy: A Biography (1982), standard biography


  • Klehr, Harvey, John Earl Hayes and Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov. The Secret World of American Communism (1995) excerpt and text search
  • Klehr, Harvey, and Ronald Radosh. The Amerasia Spy Case: Prelude to McCarthyism (1996), suggests that Soviet spying in the postwar United States was extensive and that in the case of the arrest of the editors of the Amerasia magazine, and others, in 1945, naive liberals in the Justice and State departments blocked efforts to bring the spy ring to justice. excerpt and text search
  • Lipset, Seymour Martin, and Earl Raab. The Politics of Unreason: Right Wing Extremism in America, 1790-1970 (1970) (Chap. 6 "The 1950's: McCarthyism") online edition
  • Morgan, Ted. Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America. 2003. 685 pp. excerpt and text search
  • O'Reilly, Kenneth. Hoover and the Un-Americans: The FBI, HUAC, and the Red Menace 1983
  • Ottanelli, Fraser M. The Communist Party of the United States: From the Depression to World War II 1991 excerpt and text search
  • Rausch, Scott Alan. "McCarthyism and Eisenhower's State Department, 1953-1961." PhD dissertation U. of Washington 2000. 231 pp. DAI 2000 61(6A): 2438-A. DA9976046
  • Schrecker, Ellen. "McCarthyism: Political Repression and the Fear of Communism." Social Research 2004 71(4): 1041-1086. Issn: 0037-783x Fulltext: in Ebsco; summarizes her books on the subject
  • Schrecker, Ellen. Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America (1998) excerpt and text search
  • Schrecker, Ellen. The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents. (2d ed. 2002). 308 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Tanenhaus, Sam. Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (1998) excerpt and text search
  • Theoharis, Athan. Chasing Spies: How the FBI Failed in Counterintelligence but Promoted the Politics of McCarthyism in the Cold War Years. (2002). 307 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Weinstein, Allen, and Vassiliev, Alexander. The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America: The Stalin Era (1999) excerpt and text search

Media issues

  • Doherty, Thomas. Cold War, Cool Media: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Dussere, Erik. "Subversion in the Swamp: Pogo and the Folk in the McCarthy Era." Journal of American Culture2003 26(1): 134-141. Issn: 1542-7331 Fulltext: in Ebsco
  • Murphy, Brenda. Congressional Theatre: Dramatizing McCarthyism on Stage, Film, and Television. (1999). 310 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Sbardellati, John and Shaw, Tony. "Booting a Tramp: Charlie Chaplin, the FBI, and the Construction of the Subversive Image in Red Scare America." Pacific Historical Review 2003 72(4): 495-530. Issn: 0030-8684 in JSTOR
  • Strout, Lawrence N. Covering McCarthyism: How the Christian Science Monitor Handled Joseph R. McCarthy, 1950-1954. 1999. 171 pp. online edition

Primary sources

  • Joe McCarthy. Major Speeches and Debates of Senator Joe McCarthy Delivered in the United States Senate, 1950-1951 U. S. Government Printing Office, 1953 online edition
  • Joe McCarthy. McCarthyism: The Fight for America 1952 online edition
  • Fried, ed. Albert. McCarthyism: The Great American Red Scare: a Documentary History 1997 online edition
  • Schrecker, Ellen W. "Archival Sources for the Study of McCarthyism," The Journal of American History, Vol. 75, No. 1 (Jun., 1988), pp. 197-208 at JSTOR