Whittaker Chambers: A Biography

Whittaker Chambers: A Biography

Sam Tanenhaus

Language: English

Pages: 638

ISBN: 0394585593

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Primarily known as the accuser of Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers was a commanding, complex figure who was center stage during many of the public events of his time, yet remained intensely private. This book covers Chambers' personal life, as well as his emergence as a dominant voice in the postwar ant-Communist movement. 16 pp. of photos. 640 pp. Print ads. Author tour. 35,000 print.

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particularly appeals to the more or less sheltered middle-class intellectuals, who feel that the whole context of their lives has kept them away from the world of reality.… They feel a very natural concern, one might almost say a Christian concern, for underprivileged people. They feel a great intellectual concern, at least, for recurring economic crises, the problem of war, which in our lifetime has assumed an atrocious proportion, and which always weights on them. What shall I do? At that

when Frank learned Hiss had maneuvered to succeed his fired boss. “I think Judge Jerome Frank had differences of opinion with Mr. Hiss,” said Frankfurter. The disagreement “did not bear on questions of loyalty or integrity.” “It didn’t, Judge?” Murphy asked. “But you remember talking to Judge Frank about it?” “No, I remember his talking to me.” “Then I assume you talked to him when he talked to you?” Frankfurter was annoyed. “Well, let us not fence. All I meant to say was—” “Well, you were

instrument sounded woodwind-clear. Pacing along the box in his graceful swinging stride, Stryker centered his attack on Chambers, “a recognized and accomplished perjuror, a liar by habit, by teaching, by training, by inclination, and by preference,” and worse: [Chambers was] an enemy of the republic, a blasphemer of Christ, a disbeliever in God, with no respect either for matrimony or motherhood … he believes in nothing … and there is not one decent thing that I can think of that Whittaker

a shade thinner, his summer tan faded. Priscilla, again at his side, appeared even tenser than before. To Alistair Cooke, resuming his post for the Manchester Guardian, it “looked the same old trial seen in a glass grayly.”1 These forebodings soon were allayed. The second trial was an altogether different spectacle from the first. For one thing, Lloyd Paul Stryker was gone. He had been let go over the summer when the defendant had plotted a change of venue to Vermont. Hiss sensed Stryker, the

p. 207. 30. “Outside judgment”/“without injuring”/“almost certain”/“as far”: Andrews, Tragedy, pp. 72–73. 31. Andrews, “How Alger Hiss Was Brought to Trial,” NYHT, June 3, 1952. See also Andrews, Tragedy, pp. 73–77. 32. “The first”: Morris, Nixon, p. 419; “would call”: Wills, Nixon, p. 37. 33. RMN, Six, p. 23. Chapter 20: A Man Named Crosley 1. Testimony of Abt, Pressman, Witt—Aug. 20, 1948; Collins—Aug. 11, 1948; Perlo—Aug. 9, 1948; Kramer—Aug. 12, 1948, all HUAC I, pp. 1015–33.

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