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Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  16 reviews
On August 3, 1948, Time magazine editor Whittaker Chambers made a stunning allegation before the House Un-American Activities Committee: Alger Hiss, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former high-ranking State Department official, had served with him in the Communist underground. Hiss's defense was the most gripping story of its day, and the qu ...more
Hardcover, 674 pages
Published March 12th 1978 by Knopf (first published 1978)
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May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hiss: The All-American Deceiver.
A saga of suicide, murder, betrayal, lies, deceit w Hiss,
"the consummate spy," front-center. Not even a retard could
think he was innocent. LeCarre meets Dame Agatha.

The Hiss Trial is considered one of the most dramatic in American Hiss-tory.
Christopher Warner
Everything that you ever would want to know about the Hiss perjury case is included in the book. A very interesting read, nearly 600 pages, and full of information.

Of course the debate of the guilt of Alger Hiss went on for 40+ years, but the case was finally closed with the release of former Soviet Union (and Hungary) documents, as well as the release of the Venona cables, all of which exposed the guilt of Hiss.

The question not answered is what is intriguing to this day. Reading the book, I fel
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly detailed and exceptionally well researched account of the Hiss-Chambers case.
Limitations: The author presents a somewhat biased perspective. More importantly, since the most recent edition was published in 1997, it does not include information from documents released after that date. Only a portion of the FBI files were released in 1976; the remainder have been sealed until 2026. Perhaps sometime after that date the full truth will become known.
Peter Bradley
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case by Allen Weinstein

When this book came out in 1978 it was declared to be the definitive work on the mystery of the Hiss-Chambers case. Weinstein had started out with the belief that Hiss had been wrongfully convicted, and, with his aim of showing that Hiss was innocent, Weinstein was given access to Hiss and Hiss’s supporters and to their internal and confidential documents. A consider
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book delivers a deep, forensic level of detail into the case of Alger Hiss, a rising star in the State Department, right hand to FDR at Yalta, a member of the political elite... and a Communist spy. This book delivers a comprehensive analysis of the case of Alger Hiss, and the social outcast who first worked with Hiss to steal State Department secrets, before becoming disillusioned with the evils of Communism, after which he exposed Communist spy rings in America.

Though a number of theories
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was excited to read this, but it ended up being a real slog. I would have like more context for the trials and anti-communist movements, than minutiae about the inconsistencies in the testimony that may (or may not) have proved that Hiss was a Soviet agent. I really do not care whether the rug was stored in the close or not. And I realize that those were the details that both sides had to parse to make their case, but it did not make for compelling reading. I really would have liked more about ...more
Bill Hurme
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hiss Was, Indeed, Guilty

This amazing account of the Hiss-Chambers trials is surely the last word on what was possibly the trial of the 20th Century. This is a scholarly view by an honest liberal, and breathtaking in not only its scope but in its detail.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who lied?

This authors’s meticulous research and documentation of this subject leaves the reader still questioning who lied. An extensive list or theories is outlined as to how the documents could have been typed, where they came from and who typed the documents. Was Hiss guilty and why would Chambers implicate him as a communist? These questions still exist today.
Daniel Silliman
The incredible strength of this book is its exhaustive thoroughness. Its weakness is the same.
John F. Ryan
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gradebook. Phenomenal research.

Nobody can question the degree of research put into this Book. Though slow and dry at times, This Book shouldanswer once and for all questions about Alger Hiss,s guilt.
Andrew Scholes
The last few chapters saved the book. The first few, when he is discussing all that went on during the case were somewhat dull and hard to follow, once he go into the court cases and the aftermath, it became interesting. It was hard keeping track of the typewriter. It traveled more extensively, allegedly, than almost any other typewriter in the world.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dull as flat paint. There's about 200 good pages of information hidden in this 700+ page book.
Pat Murphy
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fun read, but if you like thoroughly researched history and the subject of spies caught in the States you might like this.
Chris Gilbert
It started out being interesting but I lost interest after reading the sample. Decided it wasn't worth $9.99
Michael Ellenberger
A little slow and repetitive; but the last act is fulfilling. A cool look at history.
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meticulously researched and fair and balanced before Fox News even came into existence
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Allen Weinstein was a historian and educator who served as the Ninth Archivist of the United States. Weinstein was a cofounder of the National Endowment for Democracy in 1983. His work included research into Soviet espionage acitivties during the 1930s and 1940s, topics he covered in his books Perjury: The Hiss–Chambers Case and The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America—The Stalin Era. Weinste ...more

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