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Shelton, Christina
Alger Hiss : why he chose treason / Christina Shelton ; an introduction by Richard Pipes
1st Threshold Editions hardcover ed
New York : Threshold Editions, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E743.5.H55 S54 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Hiss, Alger
Subject(s) Spies -- United States -- Biography
Communism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Espionage, Soviet -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subject United States. Dept. of State -- Officials and employees -- Biography
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities
Hiss, Alger -- Trials, litigation, etc
Physical Description xvii, 330 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-310) and index
Contents The early years. -- Growing up in Baltimore -- Hopkins and Harvard Law -- Priscilla Hiss -- Supreme Court clerk and attorney-at-law -- A committed communist. -- The new dealer -- The Ware Group -- Whittaker Chambers -- The State Department bureaucrat -- Yalta -- Fascism and communism -- Accused and convicted. -- The case -- Lewisburg Prison -- Attempt at vindication 1954-1996 -- The evidence. -- Testimonies -- Venona program -- Archival material: -- A. Hungarian archives -- B. KGB archives
Summary Documents the lesser-known story of a high-level State Department official who in the late 1940s was charged with spying for the Soviet Union, arguing that the case was shaped by missed opportunities and poor judgments that also reflected period Soviet infiltration and American counter-intelligence analytic failures

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