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Looking for good conservative book on the 1950's - Vanity

Posted on 09/04/2005 6:35:56 PM PDT by Timmy

A friend of my daughter is a freshman at Mizzou. She thought she had signed up for a literature class, but the lefty professor has turned it into a 1950's history class, complete with the predictable attacks on conservatives over HUAC, McCarthy, Korean War, H-bomb (Oppenheimer vs. Teller), Hollywood "blacklist," big business (McDonalds), suburbia, etc.

She has asked me to recommend some books that provide a conservative perspective on that time period. I have already recommended Treason (Coulter) for the section on McCarthy. I would appreciate any suggestions my Freeper friends may have. Remember, this is on her own time and she will only be able to read a reasonable amount. Thanks ahead of time.


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: 1950s; americanhistory; books; college; education; highereducation; history; leftismoncampus; readinglist

1 posted on 09/04/2005 6:35:57 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: LS

ping


2 posted on 09/04/2005 6:37:51 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Timmy

"The Conscience of a Conservative" by Barry Goldwater

Or any issue of National Review, would do the trick.


3 posted on 09/04/2005 6:39:37 PM PDT by soundandvision
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To: Timmy

F.A. Hayek's "The Road To Serfdom" was published in 1944, but might be worth checking out.


4 posted on 09/04/2005 6:41:51 PM PDT by Venerable Bede
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To: Timmy
Minutes of HUAC chaired by Joseph McCarthy. :)
5 posted on 09/04/2005 6:43:08 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Timmy

If those assholes are knocking suburbia it was because it was basically a paradise with few problems requiring socialist remedies.


6 posted on 09/04/2005 6:44:06 PM PDT by Jack Wilson
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To: Timmy
Witness by Whittaker Chambers
7 posted on 09/04/2005 6:46:53 PM PDT by fat city ("The nation that controls magnetism controls the world.")
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To: Timmy
I have already recommended Treason (Coulter) for the section on McCarthy.

Dear heavens, no!

The simple fact of the matter is that Coulter is an intellectual flash-bang - all noise, and no substance. Strip away her vitriol, and you see that she is nothing more than a demogogue shilling for the Republican Nat'l Committee.

There's probably a pretty good book on McCarthy out there, but Coulter is certainly not it. Your daughter, if she is going to be engaging the professor, must interact with serious reference materials - and even primary sources - and not right-wing shills like Coulter, Hannity, or Limbaugh. If she does that - basing her arguments on works by respected historians and primary source documents - the professor will be more likely to listen than if she cites Treason or How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must).

8 posted on 09/04/2005 6:47:00 PM PDT by jude24 ("Stupid" isn't illegal - but it should be.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Sheesh!!! The "H" in HUAC stands for "House," as in House of Representatives. Joe McCarthy was a Senator. He was also rather slimey, even if he was right to be concerned about Communists in Government.


9 posted on 09/04/2005 6:47:59 PM PDT by olrtex
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To: Timmy
"God and Man at Yale" by William F. Buckley. That should get her professor's underwear in a bunch.

Good luck.
10 posted on 09/04/2005 6:54:55 PM PDT by Venerable Bede
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To: Timmy

11 posted on 09/04/2005 6:55:23 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: fat city

Also:

"Red Star over Hollywood," "Commies," and "The Rosenberg File" by Ronald Radosh.

Books by Alexander Solshenitzyn about the gulag or life under the Soviet commies.

Books about The Venona papers (detailing all the commies who had infiltrated our government at the highest levels).



12 posted on 09/04/2005 6:59:12 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Timmy

13 posted on 09/04/2005 7:00:18 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Timmy

Not to beat my own drum, but I think our chapter on the 1950s is one of the most original and insightful treatments of this decade I've seen. I'm surprised more reviewers don't mention it, but they are too busy fighting with us over "church and state." The book is "A Patriot's History of the United States."


14 posted on 09/04/2005 7:02:13 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Timmy

15 posted on 09/04/2005 7:03:33 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: jude24; Timmy
Coulter is a bombthrower, but she did her homework when she wrote Treason. Her research was very thorough. You're right though that as soon as Coulter's name was mentioned, the professor would tune out (or freak out). A good strategy would be to use the endnotes in Treason to find original sources, then use those to support your arguments.
16 posted on 09/04/2005 7:10:35 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Timmy
Jeffrey Hart of National Review wrote a book: When the Going Was Good: American Life in the Fifties, Crown Press, 1982. Don't remember if it was any good. The reviews of David Halberstam's book on the 1950s in National Review and the New Criterion may also give you a place to start.
17 posted on 09/04/2005 7:11:43 PM PDT by x
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To: Yardstick
A good strategy would be to use the endnotes in Treason to find original sources

That's not a horrible idea, but one's research mustn't stop there. Indeed, use the footnotes from her professor's materials too.

Base everything on primary source materials and writers contemporary to the McCarthy era.

My final comment would be that we as conservatives should not feel bound to defend the excesses of McCarthy. Were there Communists in the State Dept.? Probably. But McCarthy went well too far. Even Eisenhower (no Communist he) loathed McCarthy.

18 posted on 09/04/2005 7:24:12 PM PDT by jude24 ("Stupid" isn't illegal - but it should be.)
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To: Venerable Bede
"God and Man at Yale" by William F. Buckley. That should get her professor's underwear in a bunch.

That's the book I was going to recommend. Or, you could cite "Up from Liberalism" by the same author.

Regards,

TS

19 posted on 09/04/2005 7:29:14 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Timmy

"The Secret World of American Communism"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0300068557/qid=1125886564/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-9024103-5061623?v=glance&s=books

"The Soviet World of American Communism"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0300071507/ref=pd_sim_3/002-9024103-5061623?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance

"McCarthy and His Enemies: The Record and Its Meaning"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0895264722/qid=1125886871/sr=1-29/ref=sr_1_29/002-9024103-5061623?v=glance&s=books

"From Moss to Lattimore, the dramatis personae and the evidence and the words of McCarthy's critics are laid before us. The conclusions are left to the reader; but the authors make a central point: nothing, EVER, said by McCarthy was as outrageous as those yawped by his critics."

95% of what you think you know about McCarthy is a myth.



20 posted on 09/04/2005 7:33:49 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: LS

Your history book is a great read. I enjoyed it immensely.


21 posted on 09/05/2005 1:00:51 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: Timmy

Even PBS had to admit that there were spies working for the Russians in the US. Interviews/transcripts from two TV programs here:

http://www.pbs.org/redfiles/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venona/

(The Rosenbergs were the tip of the iceberg. Read about Ted Hall and the Cohens in "The Red Files" link.)


22 posted on 09/05/2005 3:38:37 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Thanks so much. We have put additional sections, which the editors cut for space/$$ purposes, on our website, www.patriotshistoryusa.com. We are also getting maps up there.


23 posted on 09/05/2005 5:15:40 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Timmy
Thanks for all your replies. LS, I've been considering buying your book. Maybe this will put me over the top :-). Thanks again, all.

Timmy

24 posted on 09/05/2005 10:42:55 AM PDT by Timmy
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To: LS
Thanks so much. We have put additional sections, which the editors cut for space/$$ purposes, on our website, www.patriotshistoryusa.com. We are also getting maps up there.

Larry. I went to that website and didn't find these things. How did I miss them?

25 posted on 09/05/2005 4:57:25 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: Timmy

We are getting them up as fast as we can. Right now, I think (I'm not the webmaster) the priority is study guides for all the homeschoolers. But I've submitted extra sections for ch. 1-9 (Mike has to do 7-8, because I no longer have my longer, extended copy), and I've submitted 6-8 maps. Our webmaster is working on all this, but, as I say, the near-term goal is to get the homeschoolers set up with tests, study guides, and so on.


26 posted on 09/05/2005 6:19:48 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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