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The D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress published in the calendar year 2004 has been awarded to Michael Ybarra, for his book Washington Gone Crazy (Steerforth Press). Dr. H. W. Brands, who is Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the award committee, had this to say of Ybarra’s book:
“Michael J. Ybarra's Washington Gone Crazy: Senator Pat McCarran and the Great Communist Witch Hunt is that rare book which has something really new to say on an old subject. McCarthyism was larger than Joe McCarthy; it also encompassed Nevada's Pat McCarran, who contributed as much as the Wisconsin senator to the toxic atmosphere of the early 1950s in American politics. Ybarra compellingly--and entertainingly--recaptures the man, the state and region from which he sprang, and the circumstances that made him one of the most powerful men in Washington.”
The Hardeman Prize includes a check for $1,000, awarded by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation.
The D. B. Hardeman Committee is currently composed of Professor Brands, Richard Baker, Historian of the U. S. Senate; Don Bacon, former correspondent, U. S. News and World Report; Raymond Smock, former Historian of the U. S. House of Representatives and Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studiers at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV; and three members of the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin, Sean Theriault, Andrew Karch, and John Sides.