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Oshinsky, David M. 1944-

Works: 25 works in 117 publications in 3 languages and 10,253 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Science films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Textbooks  Trials, litigation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: RC181.U5, 614.5490973
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Most widely held works about David M Oshinsky
Most widely held works by David M Oshinsky
Polio : an American story by David M Oshinsky( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This book] tells the ... story of the polio terror and of the intense effort to find a cure, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines--and beyond.-Dust jacket
A conspiracy so immense : the world of Joe McCarthy by David M Oshinsky( Book )

27 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and held by 1,998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the brief interval between his famous Wheeling speech in 1950 and his official Senate censure four years later, Joseph McCarthy lost his identity as a man to that of an "ism," his name touted by his enemies as a symbol of political opportunism, coercion, and cruel and reckless accusation. McCarthyism today is still a "dirty word" in the American political vocabulary, yet McCarthy the man, dead for half a century, has become more elusive than ever--a haunting specter from the battlegrounds of the Cold War. Here, after nearly a decade of research and documentation, historian David M. Oshinsky introduces the whole McCarthy, public and private. Known in his youth as an Irish scrapper with something to prove, Joseph Raymond McCarthy worked tirelessly on his father's Wisconsin farm, put himself through college and law school, and instantly set his sights on a political career. A brilliantly instinctive campaigner, at 29 he won election as a circuit judge (one of the youngest in state history) and, after a much publicized hitch with the Marines in World War II, upset incumbent Bob LaFollette to take the Wisconsin senatorial primary in 1946. The Republican hopeful went on to trounce his Democratic opponent by a 2-1 margin in the fall elections, his victory part of the G.O.P.'s overwhelming postwar comeback in the House and Senate. A wave of reaction had begun to rise in America--and the senator-elect, not yet 40, hoped to ride it. McCarthy soon learned that acquiring power in Congress meant more than voting the conservative line. Shunned as a crank and a loudmouth by the Republican leadership, he found he needed an issue to attract attention--something to make his importance felt beyond the walls of the Senate chamber. Then, on February 9, 1950, during a routine dinner speech before a women's Republican club in Wheeling, West Virginia, McCarthy declared that he held a list of 205 Communists actively shaping policy in the State Department. Overnight, his notoriety grew a thousandfold. Although McCarthy had hardly "discovered" the political exploitability of Communist infiltration, Oshinsky shows that he was uniquely gifted in using it to promote himself publicly. Carefully shaping an image as the tough ex-Marine, the battling Irishman, and the sharp, hard-nosed inquisitor, the junior senator convinced an increasingly frightened America that the Reds and their fellow travelers had orchestrated a conspiracy so immense that he--and he alone--could be trusted to deliver them from it. At a time when fear of Soviet absolutism had become total, McCarthy's tactics, as draconian as they were, promised security from the Communist menace. With generous excerpts from committee transcripts, here are full, dramatic re-creations of the McCarthy probes into the Voice of America, the CIA, the Army Signal Corps, and other government organizations. And here is the startling truth that McCarthy's downfall--when millions of Americans were shocked to witness his methods firsthand, over national television--was engineered in part by President Eisenhower himself. A Conspiracy So Immense is based on dozens of interviews with McCarthy's former friends and colleagues, the journalists who covered him, and the victims of his senate investigations; on the public and private papers of Truman, Eisenhower, John Kennedy, the Dulles brothers, and other crucial government figures; and on FBI files released under the Freedom of Information Act. Sweeping away half-truth and innuendo, it gives us the definitive portrait of one of the shrewdest, most manipulative, most ruthless politicians of 20th century America. And a man who--though he would terrify a nation--lived always with the fear of dying alone and friendless.--Adapted from dust jacket
Worse than slavery : Parchman Farm and the ordeal of Jim Crow justice by David M Oshinsky( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Worse Than Slavery" is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era - and beyond. Southern prisons have been immortalized in convict work songs, in the blues, and in movies such as Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones. Mississippi's Parchman Penitentiary was the grandfather of them all, an immense, isolated plantation with shotguns, whips, and bloodhounds, where inmates worked the cotton fields in striped clothing from dawn to dusk. William Faulkner described Parchman as "destination doom." Its convicts included bluesmen like "Son" House and "Bukka" White, who featured the prison in the legendary "Midnight Special" and "Parchman Farm Blues."
Capital punishment on trial : Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern America by David M Oshinsky( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Furman, an African-American and career criminal, shot and killed a white homeowner during a 1967 burglary in Savannah, Georgia. In short order he was arrested, put on trial, convicted by a nearly all-white jury, and sentenced to death. Furman's attorney, aided by the NAACP, doggedly appealed the verdict all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which voided Furman's sentence in a highly contentious 5-4 vote. That decision overturned Georgia's capital punishment statute, and by implication all other state death penalty laws, for violating the Eighth amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment." Furman, thus, effectively halted capital punishment in the United States. But the reprieve was only temporary, for the decision did not rule the death penalty per se to be unconstitutional; rather it struck down the laws that currently governed its application, leaving the states free to devise new ones that the Court might find acceptable. And that is exactly what happened. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky's compact and insightful study of the case showcases his talent for clarifying the complex and often confusing legal issues that surround a subject as controversial as capital punishment."--Back cover
Senator Joseph McCarthy and the American labor movement by David M Oshinsky( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1976 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polio : [an American story] by David M Oshinsky( )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comprehensive and gripping narrative covers all the challenges, characters, and controversies in America's relentless struggle against polio. Funded by philanthropy and grassroots contributions, Salk's killed-virus vaccine (1954) and Sabin's live-virus vaccine (1961) began to eradicate this dreaded disease
Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital by David M Oshinsky( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the iconic public hospital on New York City's East Side describes the changes in American medicine from 1730 to modern times as it traces the building's origins as an almshouse and pesthouse to its current status as a revered place of first-class care
The case of the Nazi professor by David M Oshinsky( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and Spanish and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bellevue by David M Oshinsky( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Oshinsky chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution. From its origins in 1738 as an almshouse and pesthouse, Bellevue today is a revered public hospital bringing first-class care to anyone in need. With its diverse, ailing, and unprotesting patient population, the hospital was a natural laboratory for the nation's first clinical research. It treated tens of thousands of Civil War soldiers, launched the first civilian ambulance corps and the first nursing school for women, pioneered medical photography and psychiatric treatment, and spurred New York City to establish the country's first official Board of Health
American passages : a history of the American people by Edward L Ayers( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American passages : a history of the United States by Edward L Ayers( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Senator Joseph McCarthy and American labor by David M Oshinsky( Book )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polio : historia pokonania choroby Heinego-Medina by David M Oshinsky( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report on the Bergel-Hauptmann case by David M Oshinsky( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

McCarthyism in America( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proceedings of a public symposium on the 50th anniversary of McCarthyism held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9, 2000, and sponsored by the National Archives, the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans, and Yale University Press
American passages : a history of the United States( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Crucibles of Discontent: Penal Practice in the Shadow of Slavery, Virginia, 1796--1865 by Taja-Nia Y Henderson( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ultimately, I argue that these conflicts not only shaped penal practice in the antebellum period, but also that penal practice was constitutive of the administration of the law of slavery in the commonwealth. This history enhances our understanding of the multivalent functions of law and legal institutions. It challenges our assumption that law enforcement is a natural antidote to criminality. It also demonstrates that, in early national and antebellum Virginia, lawmaking frequently happened outside the halls of the legislature by people vested with public authority. Their institutions, work, and the interests they served, lie at the center of this project
Evolution vsi set : evolution vsi + darwin vsi + fossils vsi + human evolution vsi by David M Oshinsky( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Medical mavericks : the history of self-experimentation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The second in a four-part series, presented by Michael Mosley, looking at the history of medical self-experimentation. This part features people in medical history who have sought out vaccines. We begin by looking at the latest research into how hook worm infection can suppress the over-active immune systems of people who suffer from allergies. Then Mosley traces the history of self-experimentation in the quest for vaccines including Pasteur's discovery of a rabies vaccine, Wright's work with a vaccine for typhoid and the many attempts to find a polio vaccine. The programme is filled with historical medical information, archive footage, expert accounts and is highly informative for anybody interested in the history of medical self-experimentation or vaccination
Wisconsin labor and the campaign of 1952 by David M Oshinsky( )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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David Oshinsky American historian

David Oshinsky Amerikaans schrijver

David Oshinsky US-amerikanischer Historiker

Oshinsky, David M.

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A conspiracy so immense : the world of Joe McCarthyWorse than slavery : Parchman Farm and the ordeal of Jim Crow justiceCapital punishment on trial : Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern AmericaAmerican passages : a history of the United StatesAmerican passages : a history of the United States