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Joseph McCarthy : the politics of chaos /
Mark Landis.
Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press ; London ; Cranbury, N.J. : Associated University Presses, c1987.
171 p. ; 24 cm.
0941664198 (alk. paper)
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Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press ; London ; Cranbury, N.J. : Associated University Presses, c1987.
0941664198 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
Originated as a chapter of the author's doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 1973.
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Bibliography: p. 159-166.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-07:
The career of and popular movement generated by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy has defied rational analysis, but perceptions of this political phenomenon may be changed by Landis's work. The author draws primary inspiration and methodology from the work of James David Barber on presidential character, Harold D. Lasswell on political behavior, Abraham Maslow on human needs, and Jean Piaget and Lawrence Kohlberg on cognitive moral development. Landis compares theories of elites and mass politics in defining McCarthy's drive for validation as a crusading anticommunist. He successfully demonstrates that conflict as modality became more significant than ideology as the coherent structure in McCarthy's motivational matrix. Although the book employs a number of sophisticated psychoanalytical concepts, it never degenerates into incomprehensible jargon. Landis is to be commended for communicating this information in such a readable fashion. Good index and well-detailed footnotes. The bibliography is informal but highlights some outstanding works. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate students.-J.L. Jablonowski, Marquette University
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