Boston Public Library Presents Author Larry Tye on Lessons & Legacy of McCarthy Era

The Best-selling New York Times Author & Former Boston Globe Reporter Discusses His New Book with BPL President David Leonard

BOSTON—On Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m., the Boston Public Library (BPL) presents a virtual conversation between best-selling New York Times author and former Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye, and BPL President David Leonard. The two will discuss Tye's new biography, “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy.”  

From 1950 to 1954, Senator McCarthy destroyed many careers and even entire lives, whipping the nation into a frenzy of paranoia. Based on the first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door congressional hearings, "Demagogue" reveals a man whose chaotic, meteoric rise is a lesson for us all. Tye and Leonard will consider those lessons as well as how McCarthy’s ascent reflected America's long-standing love affair with bullies. 

Presented in partnership with American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) through the WGBH Forum Network, this free, virtual program is part of the “American Stories, Inspiration Today” author series and "The Arc of History: Contested Perspectives" series.

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