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The Age of Anxiety

Nonfiction: 20th Century American History
Abridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/06/2005

The Age of Anxiety

McCarthyism to Terrorism

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Audio CD ISBN:9781565119970
Digital Download ISBN:9781598872897


Pulitzer-Prize winner Haynes Johnson boldly revisits the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy era to examine parallels today in this new age of terror and threat with a mix of narrative history, political commentary, and contemporary reporting.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist revisits the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy era and draws bold parallels to our own Age of Anxiety.

For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of our citizens. Haynes Johnson re-creates that time of crisis—of President Eisenhower, who hated McCarthy but would not attack him; of the Republican senators who cynically used McCarthy to win their own elections; of Edward R. Murrow, whose courageous TV broadcast began McCarthy’s downfall; and of mild-mannered lawyer Joseph Welch, who finally shamed McCarthy into silence.

The story is told through the lens of its relevance to our own times, when fear once again affects American behavior and attitudes. His masterful narrative also encompasses the story of his father, journalist Malcolm Johnson, whose articles on terrorism and murder led to the movie On the Waterfront and whose life was forever changed by charges that he was a communist.


“Haynes Johnson is the very best at what he does. Nobody matches him for bringing the laser light of a brilliant reporters eye and wisdom to a period of recent history. Managing that elusive skill of turning facts into storytelling, Tabori breathes energy into [this book].”

“A timely story comes alive in audio.”
      —Midwest Book Review

Author Bio

HAYNES JOHNSON is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a long-time television commentator, and the author of the bestsellers Sleepwalking Through History and The Bay of Pigs. He teaches at the University of Maryland.