Bestselling author Larry Tye joins our Lit Chat series on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. He will be discussing his new book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The book has been described as "A definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history, based on a first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings."
The conversation will be lead by Micheal Binder, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Faculty Director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF. This virtual author event is free and open to the public. RSVP to receive a link to join us on Zoom. Click here to RSVP.
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Read: Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joseph McCarthy by Larry Tye. This is the definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American History, based on first-ever review of McCarthy’s personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings.
“Written in a straightforward, judicious style...a definitive biography that will stand the test of time.” Library Journal
Larry Tye is the bestselling author of Bobby Kennedy, and Satchel, as well as Superman and Rising from the Rails. Previously an award-winning reporter and national writer at the Boston Globe and a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.
Watch: Fallout a 27-minute documentary from the Unfinished Nation Series on Kanopy. It puts Senator McCarthy in the context of American History, discussing the election of 1948, Fair Deal revised, the Korean War, the crusade against subversion and treason, and culminating with McCarthyism.
Explore: Want to see how Jacksonville covered Senator Joseph McCarthy? What kind of files does the FBI keep on people, groups, and movements? A visit to the Library’s Special Collections department (Main Library) will give you some answers. Come and see the Times Union coverage of Senator McCarthy or look at the African American Collection FBI files on A. Philip Randolph and the Atlanta murders. Library staff is on hand to help you with your research.
If you are looking for something outdoors, how about a stroll through history at the Evergreen Cemetery. Senator Joseph McCarthy had a state funeral before being laid to rest at St. Mary’s Parrish Cemetery in Appleton, Wisconsin. This has us thinking about who is buried in Jacksonville’s cemetery. Evergreen Cemetery located at 4535 N. Main Street is the final resting place of quite a few notable people. There are four U.S. Senators, five Florida Governors, ten Jacksonville Mayors, the founder of Jacksonville, Isaiah D. Hart, as well as many other notable people. Before your stroll check out Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales Unearthed by Lola Haskins, Evergreen Cemetery is in the book.
Join: Join the Library for a virtual author talk with Larry Tye as he discusses his new book Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joseph McCarthy at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Michael Binder, Associate Professor of Political Science will facilitate the conversation. Click here to register and attend.