The Hiss-Chambers Case

Author: Allen Weinstein

Publisher: Hoover Press

ISBN: 0817912266

Category: Political Science

Page: 766

View: 7155


When the Hiss-Chambers case first burst on the scene in 1948, its main characters and events seemed more appropriate to spy fiction than to American reality. The major historical authority on the case, Perjury was first published in 1978. Now, in its latest edition, Perjury links together the old and new evidence, much of it previously undiscovered or unavailable, bringing the Hiss-Chambers’s amazing story up to the present.


The Hiss-Chambers Case

Author: Allen Weinstein

Publisher: Random House Incorporated


Category: Social Science

Page: 622

View: 9259


An account of the Hiss-Chambers confrontation provides answers to the question of Hiss's guilt and reexamines long-held political attitudes

Alger Hiss, the True Story

Author: John Chabot Smith

Publisher: Holt McDougal


Category: Communism

Page: 485

View: 8517


A fully documented account and analysis of the in-camera and behind-the-scenes events, figures, and ingredients of the Hiss hearings and trials, subjecting Whittaker Chambers, Richard Nixon, and others to new scrutiny and judgment.

Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers and the Case That Ignited McCarthyism

Author: Lewis Hartshorn

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476602816

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 3403


This is a consensus challenging history of the Alger Hiss–Whittaker Chambers controversy of 1948 to 1950, a criminal case in which Hiss was convicted of perjury after two long trials. Chambers claimed that Hiss had passed classified State Department documents to him in 1937 and 1938 for transmittal to the Soviet Union. Hiss denied the charges but was found guilty at his second trial (the jury could not reach a decision in the first). Hiss was not charged with espionage because of the statute of limitations. The main focus of this narrative concentrates on the early months of the affair, from August 1948 when Chambers appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and denounced Hiss and several others as underground Communists, to the following December when Hiss was indicted for perjury. The truth emerges as the story unfolds, based in part on grand jury records unsealed by court order in 1999, leading to the conclusion that the stories Whittaker Chambers told the authorities and later published about himself and Alger Hiss in the Communist underground are completely fraudulent.

Early Cold War Spies

The Espionage Trials that Shaped American Politics

Author: John Earl Haynes,Harvey Klehr

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139460242

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 4876


Communism was never a popular ideology in America, but the vehemence of American anticommunism varied from passive disdain in the 1920s to fervent hostility in the early years of the Cold War. Nothing so stimulated the white hot anticommunism of the late 1940s and 1950s more than a series of spy trials that revealed that American Communists had co-operated with Soviet espionage against the United States and had assisted in stealing the technical secrets of the atomic bomb as well as penetrating the US State Department, the Treasury Department, and the White House itself. This book, first published in 2006, reviews the major spy cases of the early Cold War (Hiss-Chambers, Rosenberg, Bentley, Gouzenko, Coplon, Amerasia and others) and the often-frustrating clashes between the exacting rules of the American criminal justice system and the requirements of effective counter-espionage.

Zechariah Chafee, Jr., Defender of Liberty and Law

Author: Donald L. Smith

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674966857

Category: History

Page: 355

View: 3331


In the first biography of this distinguished American, Donald Smith portrays Chafee as temperamentally conservative, only accidentally a defender of radicals and a civil rights advocate. This perceptive intellectual biography brings to life the story of a scholar caught up in the dramatic political events of his time.

Alger Hiss's Looking-glass Wars

The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy

Author: G. Edward White

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195182553

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 5131


Integrates the diverse details of Alger Hiss's life--from his upper middle-class upbringing and Harvard success to his role as a martyr to McCarthyism--to present intriguing evidence that Hiss, contrary to popular opinion, was indeed a Soviet spy, limning a remarkable portrait of a man whose life was devoted to perpetuating a lie.

Political Conversion

Personal Transformation as Strategic Public Communication

Author: Don Waisanen

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498575730

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 312

View: 3629


This book analyzes political conversion stories as a communication strategy aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the public. Through key cases, it charts the historical and contemporary uses of this strategy as a type of civil–religious persuasion in public discourse, evaluating its features and functions in politics.

CBS’s Don Hollenbeck

An Honest Reporter in the Age of McCarthyism

Author: Loren Ghiglione

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231516894

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 9790


Loren Ghiglione recounts the fascinating life and tragic suicide of Don Hollenbeck, the controversial newscaster who became a primary target of McCarthyism's smear tactics. Drawing on unsealed FBI records, private family correspondence, and interviews with Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Charles Collingwood, Douglas Edwards, and more than one hundred other journalists, Ghiglione writes a balanced biography that cuts close to the bone of this complicated newsman and chronicles the stark consequences of the anti-Communist frenzy that seized America in the late 1940s and 1950s. Hollenbeck began his career at the Lincoln, Nebraska Journal (marrying the boss's daughter) before becoming an editor at William Randolph Hearst's rip-roaring Omaha Bee-News. He participated in the emerging field of photojournalism at the Associated Press; assisted in creating the innovative, ad-free PM newspaper in New York City; reported from the European theater for NBC radio during World War II; and anchored television newscasts at CBS during the era of Edward R. Murrow. Hollenbeck's pioneering, prize-winning radio program, CBS Views the Press (1947-1950), was a declaration of independence from a print medium that had dominated American newsmaking for close to 250 years. The program candidly criticized the prestigious New York Times, the Daily News (then the paper with the largest circulation in America), and Hearst's flagship Journal-American and popular morning tabloid Daily Mirror. For this honest work, Hollenbeck was attacked by conservative anti-Communists, especially Hearst columnist Jack O'Brian, and in 1954, plagued by depression, alcoholism, three failed marriages, and two network firings (and worried about a third), Hollenbeck took his own life. In his investigation of this amazing American character, Ghiglione reveals the workings of an industry that continues to fall victim to censorship and political manipulation. Separating myth from fact, CBS's Don Hollenbeck is the definitive portrait of a polarizing figure who became a symbol of America's tortured conscience.

Historians in Trouble

Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower

Author: Jon Wiener

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1595588523

Category: History

Page: 260

View: 2111


Historians in Trouble is investigative journalist and historian Jon Wiener’s "incisive and entertaining" (New Statesman, UK) account of several of the most notorious history scandals of the last few years. Focusing on a dozen key controversies ranging across the political spectrum and representing a wide array of charges, Wiener seeks to understand why some cases make the headlines and end careers, while others do not. He looks at the well publicized cases of Michael Bellesiles, the historian of gun culture accused of research fraud; accused plagiarists and "celebrity historians" Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin; Pulitzer Prize–winner Joseph J. Ellis, who lied in his classroom at Mount Holyoke about having fought in Vietnam; and the allegations of misconduct by Harvard’s Stephan Thernstrom and Emory’s Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, who nevertheless were appointed by George W. Bush to the National Council on the Humanities. As the Bancroft Prize–winning historian Linda Gordon wrote in Dissent, Wiener’s "very readable book . . . reveal[s] not only scholarly misdeeds but also recent increases in threats to free debate and intellectual integrity."