"From America's most celebrated conservative writer, William F. Buckley Jr., comes an engrossing and unexpected historical novel about one of the most controversial figures in American political history -- Senator Joe McCarthy." "In THE REDHUNTER, a wonderful blend of fact and fiction, Buckley tells the story of Harry Bontecou."
I very much enjoy how Buckley uses the fiction genre to explore potential motives and circumstances that could have driven the decisions and behavior of historic persons. He does so in 'Red Hunter', as elsewhere, (e.g. Blackford Oakes series) in ways not intended to either expiate or lionize anyone (or group, movement, etc.), but to encourage thoughtful consideration of the possibilities-which are often much more complex than biographers can allow.
This is an engrossing and unexpected historical novel about one of the most controversial figures in American political history - Senator Joe McCarthy.
Senator McCarthy rose and fell in just four years, yet he gave a name, lastingly, to an era. In 1952 he was the most lionized and the most hated man in America. His personal charm and single-minded determination took him from Wisconsin and his indigent life as a chicken farmer to Washington, D.C. as the youngest United States senator. He was a man who bewitched the nation with his claim that Communists had infiltrated the United States government and unleashed a crusade.