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Witness Whittaker Chambers (urspr publ 1952; utgåvan 1952)

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First published in 1952, Witness was at once a literary effort, a philosophical treatise, and a bestseller. Whittaker Chambers had just participated in America's trial of the century in which Chambers claimed that Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, was a spy for the Soviet Union. This poetic autobiography recounts the famous case, but also reveals much more. Chambers' worldview--e.g. "man without mysticism is a monster"--went on to help make political conservatism a national force.… (mer)
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    The Anti-Communist Manifestos: Four Books That Shaped the Cold War av John V. Fleming (prosfilaes)
    prosfilaes: Fleming gives context to Witness, giving some history of anti-Communist works before him, and showing the facts and history surrounding Whittaker Chambers and his book.
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  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
Sobering account of a man taking on a well-liked public servant. Whittaker Chambers, a respected journalist and former communist, knew that Alger Hiss was a spy. Hiss was convicted of treason, but it ruined Chambers. ( )
  RLHorton | Jan 11, 2018 |
If you are looking for a book on the Hiss Case, this is not a good choice. This is a book, a very long book, about Whittaker Chambers. The title My Struggle was already taken, so he settled for Witness, in the sense of its Greek form: Martyr. From his childhood, described in a hundred pages straight from the analyst's couch, through his Communist career, his break with the Party, his successful career as farmer/Time magazine editor nobly sacrificed to the struggle against Communist infiltration of the US government, to the final ordeal in the courts, it's all about Chambers. Apart from God, his wife (a saint, full stop) and occasional unlikely angels of mercy such as Henry R. Luce and Richard Nixon ("the kindest of men") he slogged on alone, the tragic hero battling cosmic forces of evil. The chapters on his Communist career are relatively boring; names are endlessly named but nothing much happens. But otherwise it is a psychodrama of operatic proportions. When I learned that Chambers' father was a semi-closeted gay man, as was Chambers himself, some of the tone became more comprehensible. But I do not mean to be reductive; the book is a compelling read on many levels. The political just didn't strike me as by any means the most important.
PS 2016-11-01 The essays in Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Schism in the American Soul (Patrick A. Swan, ed), mostly contemporary with the case, have provided a number of new insights on Chambers' bio. I recommend the book highly.
1 rösta booksaplenty1949 | Mar 17, 2016 |
if you want a great on the ground history of a common man's view of the communist movement in America in the 1920s and 1930s, start here...I couldn't make it through it, though. Beautiful writing, but just don't have the patience at this juncture. ( )
  publiusdb | Aug 22, 2013 |
Surely one of the all-time classic American autobiographies covering a pivotal chapter in American history.

Johnny Cash sang a song, written by Shel Silverstein, about what happened when a boy was named Sue. This book could be viewed as being about what happened when a boy was named Vivian. ( )
1 rösta Eagleduck86 | Aug 22, 2011 |
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First published in 1952, Witness was at once a literary effort, a philosophical treatise, and a bestseller. Whittaker Chambers had just participated in America's trial of the century in which Chambers claimed that Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, was a spy for the Soviet Union. This poetic autobiography recounts the famous case, but also reveals much more. Chambers' worldview--e.g. "man without mysticism is a monster"--went on to help make political conservatism a national force.

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