1978 publication of Allen Weinstein's "Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers
Case," was seen by many members of the press and other
reviewers as the final word on the case, that Alger Hiss was
guilty as charged. However, when Victor Navasky of The
Nation checked Weinstein's sources, he
found inconsistencies, historical inaccuracies, and quoted
sources who said Weinstein had misquoted them.
Navasky vs. Weinstein in The Nation
to The Nation challenge
Navasky's review in The Nation of the 1997
revised edition of "Perjury" - includes new information
about Noel Field
researcher Jeff Kisseloff looks
at some of the evidence Weinstein found in the files of
the FBI and the Hiss defense.
City attorney Stephen Jones, a former member of the Nixon
administration, and a former Republican nominee for the
U.S. Senate, analyzes Weinstein's scholarship in an article
that appeared in the Oklahoma Law
Levin looks at some of the documents that Weinstein claims
show Alger Hiss to be guilty and finds they point to the
opposite conclusion. Click here
to read Levin's "Gaps in Narratives of the Hiss Case."
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr
and Walter Schneir explain the history behind the Venona files.
Click here for their account.
this bestselling book, the Hiss case serves as the lynchpin
for Ann Coulter's arguments that since World War II, Democrats
have been aiding America's enemies. Jeff Kisseloff finds over
100 errors in her chapter on the case. Click
here to read the report or here
download it as a pdf.
|Alger Hiss and the Battle for History
In a book that is replete with errors of facts and distortions, Susan Jacoby attempts to put the Hiss case in its historical context for Yale University Press's "Icons of America" series. Click here for the review.
Levin was a leading scholar of American literature and history,
a biographer and a poet. He approached the Hiss case skeptically,
convinced at first that Alger Hiss was guilty as charged.
Levin offers a critical analysis of Sam Tanenhaus's
"Whittaker Chambers" and admonishes the author for
accepting Chambers' own story at face value. Click here
to read his review.
1973, then President Richard M. Nixon hired Charles Alan Wright,
then a professor at the University of Texas Law School, to
represent him in his battle to keep the Watergate tapes from
the public. Twenty two years before, Wright wrote an article
in the University of Minnesota Law Review, in which
he declared that the conviction of Alger Hiss was a miscarriage
of justice. In 1952, he again took issue with the verdict,
this time in a review of "Witness" that appeared
in the Saturday Review. Click
here to read the review.
Levin (1924-1998), who was Thomas Jefferson Professor of Arts
and Sciences at the University of Virginia, discusses and
compares three firsthand accounts of the Hiss Case: Richard
Nixon's "Six Crises," Whittaker Chambers' "Witness"
and Alger Hiss's "In the Court of Public Opinion,"
while also explaining how and why he came to believe in Hiss's
innocence. Click here
to read Levin's essay, originally published in 1976 in the
Virginia Quarterly Review.
Secret World of American Communism
Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes, and Fridrikh Igorevich
A. Reuben comments on "The Secret World of American
Communism" and its claims that Soviet spies permeated
the American Communist Party.
Sword and the Shield
Vasili Mitrokhin and Christopher Andrew
Amy Knight argues that the
new literature on Soviet espionage may be less revealing than
Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars
G. Edward White
Kisseloff responds to this new biography
which purports to explain Hiss's alleged lifelong
patterns of denial and duplicity.
|Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America
John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr and Alexander Vassiliev
Kisseloff reviews this new book which claims that the Hiss case is now "closed" as a result of information in the notes taken taken by Alexander Vassiliev when he was shown records of Soviet intelligence operations in the United States.
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