Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason by Christina SheltonAlger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason by Christina Shelton

Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

byChristina Shelton

Paperback | April 23, 2013

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A former U.S. Intelligence analyst shines a fresh light on accused Soviet spy Alger Hiss, providing “a solid look at the specifics of the case as well as a useful overview of the ideological debate gripping America” (Kirkus Reviews).

In 1948, former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy. Because the statute of limitations on espionage had run out, he was convicted only of perjury. Decades later—after the Hiss trial had been long forgotten by most—archival evidence surfaced confirming the accusations: a public servant with access to classified documents had indeed passed crucial information to the Soviets for more than a decade.

Yet many on the American left still consider Hiss an iconic figure—an innocent victim accused of unsubstantiated crimes. They prefer to focus on the collectivist ideals Hiss stood for, rather than confront the reality of a man who systemically and methodically betrayed his country.

Former U.S. Intelligence analyst Christina Shelton employs an in-depth knowledge of Soviet intelligence affairs as well as recently released Hungarian and KGB archival material to shine a fresh light on one of the most famous U.S. espionage cases. The story is dramatic, but Shelton’s analysis goes beyond sensationalism as she explores both the ideological motivation behind Hiss’s behavior and the lasting influence it has had on U.S. foreign policy.
Title:Alger Hiss: Why He Chose TreasonFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 5.81 X 1.1 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 5.81 X 1.1 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:Threshold editionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781451655438

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Editorial Reviews

“Shelton makes clear what Hiss did and the impact it had on U.S. intelligence. . . . A well-done book written by someone who knows.”

—David Murphy, retired chief of Soviet operations at CIA HQ and author of What Stalin Knew