The View from Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir
The View from Alger's Window is Tony Hiss's remarkable memoir of the trial and imprisonment of one of the most famous victims of the Cold War witch-hunts: his father. Tony Hiss was seven years old when Whittaker Chambers first accused Alger Hiss of passing secrets to the Russians. For the rest of his childhood, Tony and his family experienced the cruelties and intimidation...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 11th 2000 by Vintage
(first published May 18th 1999)
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For anyone who doesn't know about the Ålger Hiss spy case from the 1950s, this book won't resonate. For those who do, this is an intimate, intense and lovely portrait of a man by his son. Alger Hiss' guilt or innocence is still debated, but Tony Hiss, through letters to and from his father in prison, and by the memories of both those who knew Alger well and others who knew him little but were touched by him, causes the reader to ask could a man caplable of such letters also be guilty of suuch be...more