Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case
Pub Date: April 03, 2013
Product Format: Paper
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The final word on the most controversial spy case of the twentieth century
Although more than a half century has passed since the jury at Alger Hiss's second trial pronounced him guilty of perjury, the case remains controversial. The Hiss-Chambers case has continued to make headlines and attract considerable media attention in the years since Perjury was first published in 1978; this new edition incorporates evidence discovered only in the past two decades, bringing the story up to the present. The author has sought and gained access to many previously undiscovered or unavailable sources of documentary and oral evidence, both in this country and abroad. Weinstein's research in more than two dozen archives uncovered important new material and helped verify numerous details about the case. Another new feature of this edition is a series of narrative profiles of six important figures in the case, including Richard Nixon, all of whose lives were changed by Hiss-Chambers.
Although nothing written at a distance of more than six decades can undo those effects, this analysis can perhaps explain the passion that the case still arouses.
Allen Weinstein served as archivist of the United States from 2005 to 2009. In 1985, he founded the Center for Democracy, a Washington-based nonprofit, and remained its president until 2003. Weinstein has held professorships at Smith College, Georgetown, and Boston University. Weinstein received the United Nations Peace Medal in 1986, the Council of Europe's Silver Medal twice, in 1990 and 1996, and the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his original edition of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case. His previous books include The Story of America, Freedom and Crisis: An American History, Prelude to Populism, and The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America--the Stalin Era.
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