The View from Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir
The View from Alger's Window is Tony Hiss's remarkable memoir of the trial and imprisonment of one of the most famous victims of the Cold War witch-hunts: his father. Tony Hiss was seven years old when Whittaker Chambers first accused Alger Hiss of passing secrets to the Russians. For the rest of his childhood, Tony and his family experienced the cruelties and intimidations of the time.
Drawing on hundreds of letters Alger sent from prison, the author counters public perceptions of Hiss and shows the fundamental decency and essential goodness of his father and, along the way, draws a compelling portrait of an innocent man. At the same time he lets us see how adversity drew this father and son together, allowing them to achieve a closeness they might never have been able to otherwise.
Beautifully written, wise, The View from Alger's Window sheds new light on a family, a time, an accusation, and a man whose guilt or innocence continues to inspire debate.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The View from Alger's Window: A Son's MemoirUser Review - Lois - Goodreads
Beautiful book, very touching and well researched. Read full review
Review: The View from Alger's Window: A Son's MemoirUser Review - Gini - Goodreads
For anyone who doesn't know about the Ålger Hiss spy case from the 1950s, this book won't resonate. For those who do, this is an intimate, intense and lovely portrait of a man by his son. Alger Hiss ... Read full review