By: Whittaker Chambers
Eloquent, poetic and thrilling, Whittaker Chamber’s dramatic autobiography is ultimately a tale of deep faith. Since 1952 it has been a philosophical treatise and a bestseller. This autobiography not only recounts the famous case of Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers, but also reveals Chambers' worldview – the philosophy that sparked modern political conservatism.
When Whittaker Chambers published “Witness” in 1952, he had just participated in America's trial of the century. At a time when fear of communism was markedly hostile, Chambers claimed that Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, was a spy for the Soviet Union.
Whittaker Chambers was born in Philadelphia in 1901. He joined the Communist Party in 1925 and joined the communist underground in 1932. However, after working in Washington as a resource for stolen documents, he left the party in 1938.
In an act of boldness and patriotism, Chambers testified that Hiss was a part of the communist underground, an accusation which Hiss flat-out denied. Thus began the most dramatic trial of the century.
Filled with espionage, slander and lies, the case that drew in over 300 FBI agents finally resulted in the conviction of Alger Hiss. After the imprisonment of Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers wrote “Witness,” his account of his life, his testimony and the remarkable events that surrounded it.
The story gives insight into 20th-century America and a compelling account of espionage, treason and terror. This well-written work contains more than just an account of events. Chambers' worldview – e.g. "man without mysticism is a monster" – went on to help make political conservatism a national force.
"Whittaker Chambers has written one of the really significant American autobiographies...penetrating and terrible insights into America in the early twentieth century." - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
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Paperback: 808 pages
Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc. (July 25, 1978)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds