Witch Hunt: The Cold War, Joe McCarthy, and the Red Scare (Hardcover)

Witch Hunt: The Cold War, Joe McCarthy, and the Red Scare By Andrea Balis, Elizabeth Levy, Tim Foley (Illustrator) Cover Image

Witch Hunt: The Cold War, Joe McCarthy, and the Red Scare (Hardcover)


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A cutting-edge look into a pivotal moment in US history: McCarthy's infamous "witch hunt" for communists during the 1950's Red Scare.

At the cusp of the Cold War, Americans were so afraid of communists living among them that they began to hunt them like witches. As Senator Joe McCarthy took up this mantle to hunt down “communists” in the US, citizens grew terrified of being accused, so they turned on each other - pointing fingers at neighbors, friends, and even family.

Told through a unique and inviting screenplay-format, brought to life with dozens of illustrations by Tim Foley, and comprised almost entirely of quotes derived from primary sources, Witch Hunt recounts the political craze that gripped America during the Red Scare when McCarthyism forced people to go to extraordinary lengths to keep themselves and their families safe from persecution against their own government.

Dr. Andrea Balis is a faculty member in the history department of John Jay College, City University of New York. Her specialization is twentieth century political history. She has also written extensively for the theater, and worked as a director. She is the author of two books for young people, What Are You Using: A Birth Control Guide for Teenagers and a novel, PJ.

Elizabeth Levy is the award-winning author of over 100 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults. She is known for the humor and research that she brings to her subjects, from studying stand-up comedy for My Life as A Fifth Grade Comedian, to working with renowned historians for America's Funny but True History and If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution.

From the Author

I grew up in Buffalo, New York. I loved to daydream, and through my fantasies I learned a lot about good writing. I had a crush on Elvis, and I made up what he would say to me. When I became a writer as an adult, I could make my daydreams almost come true. I put Elvis in several of my books. Kids have sent me pictures of Fletcher as Elvis. Principals have even dressed as Elvis when I visited their school.

I went to Brown University where I majored in history. After I graduated, I came to New York City and worked for ABC-TV and Radio, and then for Senator Robert Kennedy. My first book was written shortly after Senator Kennedy’s death. It was called The People Lobby. I wanted teenagers to know how exciting politics can be. After that, I began writing mysteries and novels. I have been writing and living in New York ever since. At certain times of the year, I can be found out at Shea Stadium watching the New York Mets. And of course, I still daydream. Now I daydream that they will win the World Series again.

Tim Foley was born in Flint, Michigan, and since attending college at the Kendall School of Design, has made his home in Grand Rapids on the west side of the state. A freelance illustrator for the past three decades, his work has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world and books have included many titles in the bestselling young adult "Who Was" biography series, as well as several adult coloring books.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250246813
ISBN-10: 1250246814
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English

*A JLG Gold Standard Selection*

★ "A scorcher that exposes shameful attitudes, personalities, and events that might seem eerily familiar." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "A fast-paced, even suspenseful read that brings history dramatically alive." -- Booklist, starred review

"An almost irrefutable argument that global events are as inextricable as they are unpredictable, and that history is not, in fact, a straight timeline." -- BCCB

"This compelling volume on mid-20th-century American politics is a must for research students and history buffs alike." -- School Library Journal