Alger Hiss and the Battle for History

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Yale University Press, 2009 - Cold War - 256 pages
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Books on Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss abound, as countless scholars have labored to uncover the facts behind Chambers's shocking accusation before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the summer of 1948, that Alger Hiss, a former rising star in the State Department, had been a Communist and engaged in espionage. In this work, the author turns her attention to the Hiss case, including his trial and imprisonment for perjury, as a mirror of shifting American political views and passions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Passions as Prologue
31
The Eye of the Hurricane 19481950
93
Competing Narratives and Public Amnesia 19501965
119
The Best of Times The Worst of Times 19701980
140
The Rise of the Right and the Cold War at Twilight 19801992
166
The Enemy Vanishes 19922008
183
Passions as Epilogue
202
Chronology
225
Notes
231
Selected Bibliography
239
Acknowledgments
243
Index
245
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Susan Jacoby began her writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post. Her first book, Moscow Conversations, was based on the articles she contributed to the Post from Moscow between 1969 and 1971. Her other books include Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, The Possible She, Half-Jew: A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past, Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, The Age of American Unreason, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought, and Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.

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