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Alger Hisss Looking-Glass Wars: The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy G. Edward White

Alger Hisss Looking-Glass Wars: The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy

G. Edward White

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ISBN : 9780195153453
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320 pages
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For decades, a great number of Americans saw Alger Hiss as an innocent victim of McCarthyism--a distinguished diplomat railroaded by an ambitious Richard Nixon. And even as the case against Hiss grew over time, his dignified demeanor helped create anMoreFor decades, a great number of Americans saw Alger Hiss as an innocent victim of McCarthyism--a distinguished diplomat railroaded by an ambitious Richard Nixon. And even as the case against Hiss grew over time, his dignified demeanor helped create an aura of innocence that outshone the facts in many minds. Now G. Edward White deftly draws together the countless details of Hisss life--from his upper middle-class childhood in Baltimore and his brilliant success at Harvard to his later career as a self-made martyr to McCarthyism--to paint a fascinating portrait of a man whose life was devoted to perpetuating a lie. White catalogs the evidence that proved Hisss guilt, from Whittaker Chamberss famous testimony, to copies of State Department documents typed on Hisss typewriter, to Allen Weinsteins groundbreaking investigation in the 1970s. The author then explores the central conundrums of Hisss life: Why did this talented lawyer become a Communist and a Soviet spy? Why did he devote so much of his life to an extensive public campaign to deny his espionage? And how, without producing any new evidence, did he convince many people that he was innocent? White offers a compelling analy