Whittaker Chambers in Books

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

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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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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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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Marie Brenner: Great Dames

Brenner relies heavily on anecdotes from others and from her subjects’s memoirs. Diana Trilling is a good example, and Brenner’s treatment of Whittaker Chambers a good case in point…

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Alger Hiss and the Battle for History

I looked forward to Alger Hiss and the Battle for History. How would she weigh in on the Hiss case?…

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Andrew Meier: The Lost Spy

…More sinister still are the detailed revelations in The Lost Spy, an admirable and gripping read…

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About

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/