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Title Whittaker Chambers [electronic resource] : a biography / Sam Tanenhaus.
Author Tanenhaus, Sam.
Publication New York : Random House, [1997]
Copyright date ©1997
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 638 pages) : illustrations
text file
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [603]-606) and index.
Summary Nearly half a century after giving the testimony that sent Alger Hiss to prison, Whittaker Chambers remains among the most controversial of twentieth-century Americans, hated by many, revered by others. Whittaker Chambers is the first biography of this complex and enigmatic figure. Drawing on dozens of interviews and on materials from forty archives in the United States and abroad - including still-classified KGB dossiers - Sam Tanenhaus traces the remarkable journey that led Chambers from a sleepy Long Island village to center stage in America's greatest political trial and then, in his last years, to a unique role as the godfather of post-war conservatism. Whittaker Chambers is rich in startling new information about every phase of its subject's varied life: his days as New York's "hottest literary Bolshevik"; his years as a Communist agent and then defector, hunted by the KGB; his conversion to Quakerism; his secret sexual turmoil; his turbulent decade at Time, where he rose from the obscurity of the book-review page to transform the magazine into an oracle of apocalyptic anti-Communism. But all this was merely a prelude to the memorable events that began in August 1948, when Chambers was summoned by a congressional committee to testify about his past as a Communist agent. Reluctantly, he divulged his key part in a spy ring that had penetrated the most sensitive areas of the U.S. government, including the State Department, where one of his accomplices, Alger Hiss, had risen to a senior position. Chamber's allegations, and Hiss's prompt, emphatic denial, held the nation spellbound - and initiated a drama that changed the face of America. Drawing on an array of new sources, including transcripts of secret HUAC testimony, Whittaker Chambers goes far beyond all previous accounts of the Hiss case, re-creating its improbable twists and turns, and disentangling the motives that propelled a vivid cast of characters in unpredictable directions.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Chambers, Whittaker.
Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History.
Hiss, Alger.
Spies -- United States -- Biography.
Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
Chambers, Whittaker, (1901-1961) -- Biographies.
Hiss, Alger, (1904-1996)
Mouvements anticommunistes -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Journalistes -- États-Unis -- Biographies.
Espions -- États-Unis -- Biographies.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General.
Chambers, Whittaker. (OCoLC)fst00012139
Hiss, Alger. (OCoLC)fst00036399
Anti-communist movements. (OCoLC)fst00810317
Journalists. (OCoLC)fst00984188
Spies. (OCoLC)fst01129772
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Electronic books.
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Tanenhaus, Sam. Whittaker Chambers. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c1997 0394585593 (DLC) 96036087 (OCoLC)35249564
ISBN 9780307789266 (electronic bk.)
0307789268 (electronic bk.)

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