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Tom Wicker

Originally posted May 2006

Shooting Star

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Joseph McCarthy will not be remembered by history as a charismatic but largely ineffectual Senator from Wisconsin. He'll be remembered as a fiery demagogue whose very name has come to represent a shameful episode in American history. Now New York Times political writer Tom Wicker, who remembers the day as a young man when he ran into Joe McCarthy in the hall in a Senate office building, tries to recast the complete man McCarthy was, in a book called "Shooting Star."




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