The Redhunter : A Novel Based on the Life of Senator Joe McCarthy
The Redhunter A Novel Based on the Life of Senator Joe McCarthy Author:William F. Buckley "I have heare in my hand....a list of names that were made known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department." — From America's most celebrated conservative writer, William F. Buckley Jr., comes an engrossing and unexpected histor... more »ical 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. But little was known about the man or his background. McCarthy's 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. But it wasn't until February 9, 1950, in Wheeling, West Virginia, that McCarthy bewitched the nation - and unleashed a crusade - with his claim that Communists had infiltrated the United States government.
In THE REDHUNTER, a wondeful blend of fact and fiction, Buckley tells the story of Harry Bontecou. Freshly graduated from Columbia, Bontecou joins McCarthy and remains at his side for three critical years. But when McCarthy's judgment becomes clouded by prosecutorial zeal and reckless extravagance, Bontecou delivers the ultimatum: McCarthy must choose between Bontecou and Roy Cohn, McCarthy's ruthless aide. By then we have seen at close hand Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, J. Edgar Hoover, and Dean Acheson in memorable portraits of leaders in action.« less
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.
"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."