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Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars: The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy

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For decades, a great number of Americans saw Alger Hiss as an innocent victim of McCarthyism--a distinguished diplomat railroaded by an ambitious Richard Nixon. And even as the case against Hiss grew over time, his dignified demeanor helped create an aura of innocence that outshone the facts in many minds.
Now G. Edward White deftly draws together the countless details of
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2004)
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Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The famous US espionager, Alger Hiss vs Whittaker Chambers, evokes Graham Greene-John LeCarre in this knockout investigation of a 1950s "case" now embedded in the American landscape. For cloak-dag buffs, author White's study of Hiss-tory leaves you breathless.

Careless, Smirk and Snake are characters in English comedy. In US drama we have Hiss, who performed on a stage of his own making. Urbane and cultivated, the Harvard-educated lawyer was a golden boy at the State Department - present at Yalta
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White's study definitely portrays Hiss in a guilty light. Rather than center around Hiss's perjury trial, this history examines how Hiss's image has changed throughout the years. Different generations and events have inspired people to condemn Alger Hiss or perceive him as a misunderstood figure of liberalism. Woven into White's narrative are sections about HUAC, McCarthy, Nixon's rise and downfall, and the end of the Cold War. All of these events set the stage for different "looking-glass wars" ...more
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G. Edward White is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983.
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