We have tried to point out some of the many errors in Ron Radosh’s critique of Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies by M. Stanton Evans that appeared in National Review last month. Now, esteemed Elizabethtown College political scientist W. Wesley McDonald weighs in at Takimag.com.
“Nothing I have read in National Review during my over 30 years as a subscriber shocked and angered me more than Ron Radosh’s nasty review (Dec. 17) of M. Stanton Evans’s Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies, McDonald writes. “When I first learned that Evans was researching a biography of one of the most maligned figures in American history, universally remembered as a bullying demagogue whose anti-Communist crusade ruined the lives of thousands, I knew that Stan would be excoriated in all the usual places.”
“He had already argued vigorously in numerous articles during the past several decades that the Wisconsin Republican was much more victimized by the vicious smear campaign directed at him than were any of his supposed ‘innocent’ targets.” W. Wesley McDonald is the author of Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology.
Malcolm A. Kline is the executive director of Accuracy in Academia.