Back in the early 1950s, Sen. Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin was so reckless and ruthless in his attacks on people he accused of being communists that his name stuck as a word - McCarthyism - which means mounting political attacks based on lies and guilt by association. Less well known is how Connecticut senators mounted a fight against McCarthy, and how there’s a direct line between McCarthy and President Donald Trump.

New York Times Bestselling Author Larry Tye’s biography, “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy,” is just out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, based partly on the first ever examination of McCarthy’s long-sealed personal papers.

Hearst Connecticut Media Columnist Dan Haar will talk with Tye about the book this Monday, July 13, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Crowdfest, through the House of Books in Kent. Click here to join the discussion.

Read an excerpt here in Connecticut Magazine on the Connecticut links.