312 pp., 6 x 9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-6513-2
Published: September 2010
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The book begins with an overview of the debate over internal security following World War II and then examines Eisenhower's record on the issue. Broadwater asserts that at the outset of the cold war, Eisenhower assumed a moderate stance, defending some of McCarthy's targets and cooperating as NATO commander with European Socialist leaders. Later, as a presidential candidate under pressure from Republicans conservatives, he moved steadily toward the right. Once in the Oval Office, he embraced much of the anit-Communist agenda and shared many of the McCarthyites' fears about internal security, supporting, for example, the federal employee security program and the legal persecution of the Communist party.
Broadwater concludes that while Eisenhower personally despised McCarthy and eventually presided over the end of the Red Scare, the president was also a committed anti-Communist who frequently displayed little concern for American civil liberties.
Originally published in 1992.
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About the Author
Jeff Broadwater is professor of history at Barton College and author of George Mason, Forgotten Founder.
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"Despite the enormous literature on McCarthyism and the Red Scare of the late 1940s and 1950s, Broadwater is the first person to examine the issue of Eisenhower and Anti-Communism in a systematic and comprehensive manner. I am impressed by how intelligent and well written this study is. It represents another significant contribution to the still-growing literature on the Eisenhower presidency."--Burton I. Kaufman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University