Whittaker Chambers in Books

Reviews books with Whittaker Chambers tagged either as Subject, Actor, Mentioned, or Implied

C-SPAN 3: Cold War Era Spies – Whittaker Chambers

C-SPAN 3 airs new insight into the spy activities of Whittaker Chambers in the early 1930s, before the Hiss Case, taped during panel presentation of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG):

Airing Details:
Apr 27, 2014 | 6:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Apr 27, 2014 | 10:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
May 03, 2014 | 10:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3
May 04, 2014 | 6:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3



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Moviefone mixes Whittaker Chambers into Hollywood’s Cold War

Did Whittaker Chambers suffer from a paranoid image of the Cold War?

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Filed under: Whittaker Chambers - Mentioned

Red Conspirator, by Thomas Sakmyster

From August 3, 1948, until today, America has had to wait to learn more about the head of Soviet espionage in Washington during the 1930s.

On that day, Whittaker Chambers (my grandfather) told the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) under subpoena…

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Chambers on Reinsch on Chambers

…I would go further. More than muffling Whittaker Chambers’s intellectual thought, Reinsch strangles it. He narrows Chambers’s vistas to his own private passion: conversion passages in Witness (page 83). Fixation aside, nothing is new… Reinsch ditches insight for personal bias.

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(Reprint from “Letters: Muffled—or Strangled?,” published in the January 2011 issue of The New Criterion)

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Whittaker Chambers, by Richard Reinsch

Reinsch’s treatment falls short… Where Chambers writes with passion and palpability, Reinsch offers fuzz. His prose muffles the screams…

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Ill Fares the Land, by Tony Judt

“The last time a cohort of young people expressed comparable frustration at the emptiness of their lives and the dispiriting purposelessness of their world was in the 1920s.” I knew about the 1920s from Whittaker Chambers…

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Koestler, by Michael Scammell

No book has ever explained the inner agony of devoted party members and admirers as Darkness at Noon did. Reviewing the book for TIME magazine in 1941, Whittaker Chambers wrote…

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Filed under: Whittaker Chambers - Mentioned,

Carl Rollyson: Biography

Biography requires insight, argues Dr. Carl Rollyson in his latest book… — the biographer must know the subject so well as to be able to assess the subject’s self-honesty. Rollyson discusses… Martha Gellhorn… the example, a look at Hiss Case protagonists Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss…

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Alan Cowell: The Terminal Spy

Assassination is something Whittaker Chambers (among many defecting communists) feared. In today’s Russia, it has arisen to international prominence anew with the apparent assassination of Alexander Litvinenko…

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Carolyn Heilbrun: When Men Were the Only Models We Had

Heilbrun she sheds more light on Chambers and his contemporaries than many others…

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Whittaker Chambers (1901-1961) was a TIME senior editor and translator (including Bambi), best known as the former spy who, under HUAC subpoena, accused Alger Hiss and six other former Federal employees of Communist Party allegiance, leading to the Hiss-Chambers Case (1948-1950), and recounted in his memoirs, Witness (1952):  more at http://www.WhittakerChambers.org/