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Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary (Library Modern Thinkers Series) Hardcover – July 12, 2010

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Richard M. Reinsch is a program officer at Liberty Fund, Inc., and is currently an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. He writes frequently for such publications as SocietyModern Age, the University Bookman, National Review Online, and City Journal Online. He lives near Indianapolis.

 

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  • Series: Library Modern Thinkers Series
  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1st Edition edition (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935191527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935191520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert W. Shaw on July 11, 2010
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This book offers a nuanced understanding of the thought of Whittaker Chambers. Reinsch's book in particular delves into his insights into the great ideological battles of the West versus the Soviet bloc, as well as progressivism and conservatism in the West. Chambers is an interesting character in that he spent time as a dedicated Communist and eventually renounced his communist ties and became an informant. This ideological conversion informed how Chambers viewed these ideological battles. In many ways, Reinsch portrays Chambers as a commentator who is somewhat detached from either side and who offers diagnoses for Western cultural decay at a time when the Soviet bloc was on the rise.

This book is a great read for anyone who is interested in the history of American ideas, particularly in the 20th century battle against communism within the United States as well as at the international level. Chambers is a unique figure who is not fully appreciated as a thinker as well as because of his importance in the Alger Hiss trial. Perhaps because his insights into modernity are so alien to prevailing norms in higher education and public education, he does not get the attention he deserves. This book helps bridge that gap.
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The timing for this book couldn't be better - and not just because the subject of Russian espionage is again topping the news. Reinsch aptly displays the conversion of Chambers, the importance of the evolution in thought and ideas to which Chambers subscribed in that conversion, and why it matters to today.

Reinsch truly hits his stride in the latter part of the book with his display of the failures of faith and reason which Chambers identified in both the capitalist and communist systems, failures that resonate today, despite the collapse of Soviet communism and especially in light of the troubles of American capitalism. Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary is a valuable signpost pointing to truths that are neither right nor left.
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Well documented and unsentimental account of the how and why of Whittaker Chambers life and beliefs. History of his communist sympathies and eventual renewal into a very thoughtful,spiritual person. Anyone interested in the communist movement of the mid 1900's and the surrounding events, as well as communism's rebound as a viable way to govern,(which it isn't) will like this book.
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New insight into a great man. More insight into the evil and cunning of Communism. Intimate information about who this man was with some personal looks into his heart. A writer who reached further into the wonderful man Whittaker Chambers was.
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As someone once said to Chambers, "You are one of those who did not return from hell with empty hands." Chambers left Communism because of his new found faith in God. He came to believe that Man without God can and would commit all sorts of atrocities to bring their "utopia" to earth, including mass murder. Under Communism untold millions were murdered.

On a radio program, Chambers was asked, about the economics of Communism and Chambers, bypassing the question, answered that the problem with Communism was it's atheism. Chambers was a deeply spiritual man, and this book looks at his spirituality in depth.
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