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"Whittaker Chambers: A Biography" by Sam Tanenhaus; Random House 1997. Large Paperback. First Edition (stated). ISBN 0965057821

Chambers remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in American history. He played a major role in launching Richard Nixon's political career and was the author of the Cold War classic and primer for the conservative movement: "Witness". Chambers' betrayal of former friend and colleague, Alger Hiss, possibly due to unrequited homosexual love, was a key component of the House Un-American Activities Committee ("HUAC" - the infamous communist witch-hunt headed by the equally infamous Sen. Joe McCarthy).

"A coolly objective look at the most controversial figure in the postwar crusade against American Communists. Whittaker Chambers (1901-61) made headlines in 1948 with his sensational accusation that former State Department official Alger Hiss was not only a Communist, but a spy, charges Hiss denied until his death in 1996. This scrupulously evenhanded biography concludes that Chambers told the truth, even as it pitilessly delineates his tortured family background, anguished sexual confusion, and political ruthlessness, which might well prompt doubts about his trustworthiness. Chambers' life makes a perfect case study of the most morally fraught period in American history" review

About the Author (inside cover)
Sam Tanenhaus was the editor of both The New York Times Book Review and the Week in Review section of The New York Times. From 1999 to 2004 he was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he wrote often on politics. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications. Tanenhaus's book "Whittaker Chambers: A Biography" won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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