Senator Joe McCarthy was one of the most controversial people in 1950s America, championing an anti-communist movement that often gave way to antisemitism. Larry Tye’s new book offers a comprehensive portrait of McCarthy based on the first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings. Join a discussion of how ambition and ideology can transform into unharnessed power and reverberate for generations.
Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author. He also runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps the media do a better job reporting on critical issues such as public health, mental health, and high-tech medicine. Launched in 2001 and supported by a series of foundations, the fellowship trains a dozen medical journalists a year from newspapers, radio stations, and TV outlets nationwide. Tye was an award-winning reporter at the Boston Globe and has also taught journalism.