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Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady : Richard Nixon vs Helen Gahagan Douglas--sexual politics and the Red scare, 1950

Author: Greg Mitchell
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The year 1950 was a time of absolute trauma for America. The Korean War began, the Communists completed their takeover of China, and the United States sent its first military advisers to South Vietnam. The Rosenbergs were arrested as spies for the Soviet Union, which had recently tested its first atomic bomb. Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Hollywood blacklist were making headlines across the country. In California,
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Genre/Form: History
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Mitchell, Greg, 1947-
Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady.
New York : Random House, ©1998
(OCoLC)605177598
Online version:
Mitchell, Greg, 1947-
Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady.
New York : Random House, ©1998
(OCoLC)608744197
Named Person: Richard M Nixon; Helen Gahagan Douglas; Helen Gahagan Douglas; Richard M Nixon; Richard M Nixon; Helen Gahagan Douglas; Richard M Nixon; Helen Gahagan Douglas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Mitchell
ISBN: 0679416218 9780679416210
OCLC Number: 35450558
Description: xxi, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Tricks, deceptions, and wondrous visions --
ch. 2. Gal from Cal --
ch. 3. Presidential timber --
ch. 4. Judas goats and red pepper --
ch. 5. War fever --
ch. 6. Photostats will be prepared --
ch. 7. Tell Nicky to get on this thing --
ch. 8. Running for the cyclone cellars --
ch. 9. Stoolie for J. Edgar Hoover --
ch. 10. This tricky young man --
ch. 11. Hollywood dramatics --
ch. 12. Red sails in the sunset --
ch. 13. Final straw.
Responsibility: Greg Mitchell.
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The year 1950 was a time of absolute trauma for America. The Korean War began, the Communists completed their takeover of China, and the United States sent its first military advisers to South Vietnam. The Rosenbergs were arrested as spies for the Soviet Union, which had recently tested its first atomic bomb. Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Hollywood blacklist were making headlines across the country. In California, two prominent members of Congress, Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas, squared off for a seat in the U.S. Senate. In a climate of Red hysteria, Nixon's chief election strategy was smearing Douglas as a Communist sympathizer. She was, he said, "pink right down to her underwear."

Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady is the first book to present a full-length portrait of the campaign widely remembered as one of the dirtiest ever - and pivotal in the history of gender politics. Greg Mitchell draws on a wealth of original documents - including shocking, never-before-published letters and memos by Nixon and his tenacious campaign manager Murray Chotiner - that he recently discovered at the National Archives. In an engrossing blow-by-blow narrative featuring Earl Warren, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, Cecil B.

De Mille, Melvyn Douglas (the candidate's husband), Harry Truman, and future presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Reagan, Mitchell vividly captures the sensational 1950 race: the cunning tactics of a young Nixon that first earned him the indelible nick-name "Tricky Dick"; the challenges and criticism Douglas faced as a woman in politics; and the paralyzing fear that marked the dawn of the McCarthy era and blacklisting in the movies, television, and radio. The book is full of startling anecdotes, humorous incidents, and newly uncovered "dirty tricks."

When the 1950 campaign was over, Nixon was on the road to the White House. In this landmark book, Greg Mitchell places the Senate race in the context of its era and reveals its significance not just in Nixon's career, but in setting back the cause of women in politics - and teaching a generation of campaigners how using Cold War politics could pay off at the polls.

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