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Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 17, 2012
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"A vigorous reappraisal of the Hiss-Chambers espionage affair, leaving no doubt of Hiss’s guilt.
The author makes a good case for the willful blindness practiced by pro-Hiss parties involved ...
A solid look at the specifics of the case as well as a useful overview of the ideological debate gripping America." --Kirkus
“A timely reminder that the worries about national security and loyalty—concerns often derided as paranoiac, right-wing delusions—were entirely justified.” —Wall Street Journal
"Rigorous and carefully documented analysis...[Alger Hiss] is a rare thing: a good book about an important subject. Shelton makes a sledgehammer of a case…a sustained artillery assault." --National Review
“ A much needed book... With clarity, conciseness, and a sure hand, Christina Shelton guides the reader through what has become an otherwise nearly impenetrable jungle of controversy.”” -- Tennent H. Bagley, author of Spy Wars
“In Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason, Christina Shelton ably captures the real Alger Hiss—his path to communism, his treason, and his conviction and imprisonment. Her evidence is overpowering: Alger Hiss was indeed a communist spy. Shelton carefully connects Hiss to his historical context inside America’s political elite, which was chagrined and strangely baffled when Hiss’s treason was exposed.” --Burton Folsom, Jr. and Anita Folsom, authors of FDR Goes to War
“Shelton makes clear what Hiss did and the impact it had on U.S. intelligence. . . . A well-done book written by someone who knows.”
—David Murphy, retired chief of Soviet operations at CIA HQ and author of What Stalin Knew
About the Author
Christina Shelton is a retired U.S. intelligence analyst. She spent twenty-two years working as a Soviet analyst and a Counterintelligence Branch Chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She has also been a staff analyst at various think tanks.
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The book dryly and matter of factly follows his life and activities until his demise.
The eventual opening of the KGB and Hungarian secret police documents after the implosion of the USSR conclusively showed that Hiss had been all he had been accused of and a spy. He had managed to be jailed for only 44 months for lying under oath -I read that the 'espionage act' had ended so he was not brought to trial under that. Even so he managed to convince a large company of people that he was being framed by the likes of Whittaker Chambers, his main accuser, an ex communist and handler. This book is a must read if you want to understand the historical flow of events in the USA from the time of WW II to the present day.
Fantastic detail, interestingly presented. Very well done, no complaints at all (rare, for me).
An enormous amount of research done for this book.It gave me a new perspective about this era.Both before WW11 and the aftermath of the war.
It delved into the thinking behind Alger Hiss and his reason for being a traitor.
I am keeping it as a reference book.
Book almost new, in perfect condition, arriving within scheduled time line.