Witness (Cold War Classics)
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First published in 1952, Witness is the true story of Soviet spies in America and the trial that captivated a nation. Part literary effort, part philosophical treatise, this intriguing autobiography recounts the famous Alger Hiss case and reveals much more. Chambers' worldview and his belief that "man without mysticism is a monster" went on to help make political conservatism a national force.
Regnery History's Cold War Classics edition is the most comprehensive version of Witness ever published, featuring forewords collected from all previous editions, including discussions from luminaries William F. Buckley Jr., Robert D. Novak, Milton Hindus, and Alfred S. Regnery. Witness will appeal to movie audiences looking forward to Steven Spielberg's upcoming blockbuster Cold War movie, Bridge of Spies.
that impinged on his mind. So great a gap in the temper of minds might have been expected to set us apart. On the contrary. To me such blind spots as Alger’s were another amusing foible, and, in any case, I do not particularly care to be surrounded by literary friends. The bond that cemented his friendship and mine went much deeper than any similarities or dissimilarities of mind. It was a profound, tacit esteem of character, increasing as our Communist activity tested us in common. It is only
We sat down on a bench. “Look, Ned,” I said, “Russians are a very remarkable, but a very strange people. They have great virtues, but order is not one of them. You may sit in the hotel in France for weeks and no one will come near you. You will think that you are completely forgotten. You will get desperate. Instead of doing that, why don’t you use the time you are waiting to go back to painting? That is what you were meant to do.” The next day Hideo Noda denounced me to the American Communist
bought them. No experienced underground worker would want to know such a detail. The rugs arrived in Washington. I had already carried out Bykov’s instructions. I had given White, Silverman and Hiss Bykov’s message from the grateful Soviet people. To my surprise, I saw that in the case of Silverman and White, Bykov had been right and I was wrong. They were clearly impressed. I was not quite sure what Alger Hiss thought For the first time, I felt a riffle of disgust at my comrades, that is to
relationships seen through their murk. How effective the insanity charge was can be glimpsed from the immediate reaction of the Committee’s Chairman. I had testified that my wife and I had at one time lived on a farm near Glen Gardner, N.J.—our converted barn near the valley of the robins. The Chairman pressed me to locate the farm exactly. If I had ever known the name of the little dirt road we lived on, I had forgotten it. The Chairman insisted. His insistence puzzled me since the point seemed
Department documents, the four memos in Alger Hiss’s handwriting and the envelope in which they had lain hidden for a decade. Edward McLean was absent. When the examination opened, I said that I should like to make a statement. I said, in substance, that until that time I had testified only to Alger Hiss’s Communism. I had done so because I wished to shield him. I could not shield him completely, but I had hoped to shield him from the most shattering consequences of his acts as a Communist. I