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The Apprenticeship of Alger Hiss

by R. Bruce Craig

In 1948, Whittaker Chambers, a moon-faced Time magazine editor and former courier for the Soviet underground, accused Alger Hiss, a distinguished former State Department official and at the time the patrician head of the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace, of having been a secret Communist in the 1930s. Chambers soon expanded his allegation to include espionage. The resulting two perjury trials of Alger Hiss and the emergence of the “Hiss-Chambers controversy,” as it came to be called, rocked America, soon transfixing and eventually transforming a nation, and becoming a symbol of the U.S. struggle with domestic and worldwide communism. The following story of Hiss’s early years is adapted from the forthcoming book The Lives of Alger Hiss by R. Bruce Craig. It is the first full-scale biography of Hiss written since his death in 1996 to draw not only from once-secret KGB files but, more important, from previously untapped Hiss family papers. These papers and other fresh sources offer telling insights into the life of one of the most important yet enigmatic figures of the twentieth century.

The Apprenticeship of Alger Hiss details:

ISBN: 978-1-937853-52-5

Words: 20,000

Pages: 44

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