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Alger Hiss and the battle for history / Susan Jacoby.

By: Jacoby, Susan, 1945-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Icons of America: Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2009Description: 1 online resource (viii, 256 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781441645609; 1441645608; 9780300155846; 0300155840.Subject(s): Cold War | Political culture -- United States | Right and left (Political science)Additional physical formats: Print version:: Alger Hiss and the battle for history.DDC classification: 364.1/31 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Passions as prologue -- The eye of the hurricane, 1948-1950 -- Competing narratives and public amnesia, 1950-1965 -- The best of times, the worst of times, 1970-1980 -- The rise of the right and the Cold War at twilight, 1980-1992 -- The enemy vanishes, 1992-2008 -- Passions as epilogue.
Summary: 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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Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-242) and index.

Passions as prologue -- The eye of the hurricane, 1948-1950 -- Competing narratives and public amnesia, 1950-1965 -- The best of times, the worst of times, 1970-1980 -- The rise of the right and the Cold War at twilight, 1980-1992 -- The enemy vanishes, 1992-2008 -- Passions as epilogue.

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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Journalist and independent scholar Jacoby has written an important book about the Alger Hiss case. This volume is really not about Hiss's innocence or guilt. In fact, Jacoby reports that she believes he perjured himself and was a spy for Russia. The author concerns herself with why, after almost 60 years, the Hiss case still stirs the passions of those who discuss it. She concludes that US political and historical culture explains it. The Right and the Left believe that the episode reflects their ideological views. The Right believes that Hiss is an example of the "soft on communism" approach that the US took, thereby putting national security at risk. The other side sees the battle as an unnecessary attack on civil liberties initially led by Richard Nixon. Hiss himself denied guilt to his dying day--a sure sign of his innocence, according to some defenders. Jacoby knows the literature on the case and the various political climates from the Cold War onward, and has succeeded in writing an incisive, provocative work. As new evidence continues to appear, it remains questionable as to who will win this particular "battle for history." Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Yarnell Montana State University

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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. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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