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Alger Hiss, Whitaker Chambers, And The Schism In The American Soul.

Swan, Patrick A. (editor).

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ISBN 10: 1882926854 / ISBN 13: 9781882926855
Published by ISI Books, Wilmington, 2003
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359 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. ESSAYS. Contains 23 anthologies of the best essays ever written on Chambers, Hiss, or both. Essays by literary luminaries such as Leslie Fiedler, Arthur Koestler, Lionel Trilling, Rebecca West, Murray Kempton, and William F. Buckley, Jr. tell the story of these two fascinating (and ultimately mysterious) men and of what they and their conflict represented. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Essays, Idealism, House Un-American Activities Committee, Soviet Union, Socialism, New Deal, God, Fascism, Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, Leslie Fiedler, Arthur Koestler, Lionel Trilling, Rebecca West, Murray Kempton, William F. Buckley Jr. ). Bookseller Inventory # 31061X1

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Title: Alger Hiss, Whitaker Chambers, And The ...

Publisher: ISI Books, Wilmington

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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In 1952, Random House published Whittaker Chambers's Witness. Not only did it immediately become a bestseller; it was recognized by many as one of the great spiritual autobiographies of the twentieth century. In Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul, editor Patrick Swan marks the fiftieth anniversary of Witness's publication by anthologizing 23 of the best essays ever written on Chambers, Hiss, or both. Essays by literary luminaries such as Leslie Fiedler, Arthur Koestler, Lionel Trilling, Rebecca West, Murray Kempton, and William F. Buckley Jr. tell the story of these two fascinating (and ultimately mysterious) men and of what they and their conflict represented. Sampling the entire spectrum of respectable thought on Hiss and Chambers, these pieces do not, as a rule, trouble themselves much with the facts of the case; Hiss's guilt was not so much in doubt then, and is certainly well documented by now. But the essayists' divergent opinions on the nature of communism (and anticommunism), liberalism, the proper relationship between religion and politics, and many other issues remain provocative -- perhaps even more so now than when they were written.

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Patrick Swan served as research assistant to Terry Teachout for the Teachout’s edited collection of essays by Chambers titled Ghosts on the Roof. Swan is the former recipient of the Army’s Journalist of the Year award. He is currently Public Affairs Liaison in the Chief Information Office of the Army.

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