EVENT OVERVIEW: David Nichols will Present his New Hardcover Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Nichols, a leading expert on the Eisenhower presidency, holds a PhD in history from the College of William and Mary. A former professor and academic dean at Southwestern College, he is the author of A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution, Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis, and other books. He lives in Winfield, Kansas.
ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Revealed for the first time, this is the full story of how President Dwight Eisenhower masterminded the downfall of the anti-Communist demagogue Senator Joseph McCarthy. Behind the scenes, Eisenhower loathed McCarthy, the powerful Republican senator notorious for his anti-Communist witch hunt. In spite of a public perception that Eisenhower was unwilling to challenge McCarthy, Ike believed that directly confronting the senator would diminish the presidency. Therefore, the president operated with a hidden hand, refusing even to mention the Senator s name.
In Ike and McCarthy, David 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. The White House employed surrogates to conduct a clandestine campaign against McCarthy and was not above using information about the private lives of McCarthy s aides as ammunition. In January 1954 McCarthy was arguably the most powerful member of the Senate. By the end of that year, he had been censured by his colleagues for unbecoming conduct. Eisenhower s covert operation had discredited the senator months earlier, exploiting the controversy that resulted from the televised Army-McCarthy hearings. McCarthy would never recover his lost prestige. Nichols uses documents previously unavailable or overlooked to authenticate the extraordinary story of Eisenhower s anti-McCarthy campaign.
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64157
EVENT FORMAT: David Nichols will Present his New Hardcover Ike and McCarthy and answer audience questions. A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.
ADMISSION PACKAGE: This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event. Registration is Required at www.KCLibrary.org/Signature-Events or Call the Library at 816-701-3407. Seating is General Admission. Rainy Day Books will have David Nichols Books for Sale at this Event.
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