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1. Two Eras and Some Victims 2. Trojan Horses and Fifth Columns 3. "What Do You Think of Female Chastity?" Disloyalty in American Politics 4. The Rise of the Communist Issue 5. The Age Finds Its Name 6. "Bitter Days": The Heyday of Anti-Communism 7. "In Calmer Times..." Epilogue: Where We Came Out Notes Bibliographical Essay Index

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Richard M. Fried teaches history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of Men Against McCarthy.


"An excellent, succinct, balanced account that is packed with details and provocative perspectives. Fried's historical context and many details all especially useful."--Michael A. Gordon, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee "[E]specially welcome as one of the first, if not the first, general synthetic histories of McCarthyism to appear....augmented by fathomable notes and a very useful bibliographical essay."--Patrick M. Quinn, Wisconsin Magazine of History "Informed by the best scholarship on the subject, Fried has written a highly useful overview of the entire period....Fried's attempt to be objective, his cogently presented and inclusive overview, and his comprehensible writing make Nightmare in Red and excellent candidate for use in undergraduate classes."--The Journal of American History "A rogues' gallery of Red Hunters....Fried writes ably, scrupulously presenting both sides of every issue, covering swiftly a very broad topic; no one will ever do a better six-page precis of the Alger Hiss case."--The New York Times Book Review "Stands out as an even-handed account of an extraordinarily controversial subject. [Fried] succinctly analyzes the major Supreme Court cases, explains how loyalty-security checks actually operated, and follows the investigative escapades of HUAC and the Senate INternal Security Subcommittee."--Leo P. Ribuffo, Dissent "Like the length and focus on ordinary people, as well as the famous cases. This will be a supplementary required book."--Dorothy E. Desmond, Tabor Academy "I do not think I have ever read a more terse yet brilliant analysis of the McCarthy era. It is a must read!"--Andrew Harrison, Temple University "Excellently detailed survey."--Eric Roorda, Ohio University

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