Mr. Zurawik appears to be at least as old as myself, and I do recall the McCarthy era. This is where the author either has made legitimate mistakes or he has chosen to forget exactly what it was that the senator was about. Let me get this out of the way before I go on: I know that Joe McCarthy was "unusual" in his pursuit of communists in our government. He was doggedly tenacious, even eccentric, and he upset a whole lot of people, mainly the communists whom he was "uncovering" for the light of day. He identified some of them by name, and they didn't like that at all. It wasn't "fashionable" during those times to be a "card-carrying communist," as some of them clearly were. He also exposed Hollywood as a center for communist membership, and that didn't go over very well either.