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Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (Modern Library Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    Find the cost of freedom

    The byrds once wrote a song with the line; "Find the cost of freedom". Whittaker Chambers found the cost of freedom was total. This is the remarkable story of one of the greatest Americans of the 20th Century rivetingly told by a master storyteller. It is the story of redemption and voluntary martyrdom. Having chosen the Communist lie of the 1920's and 30's, Chambers decended into the Communist underground as a spy and courier. Chambers slowly realizes the greatness of his error and the almost impossible path back to salvation. His salvation required him to become an informer, reviled and despised. A self confessed spy, liar and (based upon the mores of the 40"S) a homosexual. In the face of all this he tries to convince America of his truth and help route out the espionage network he helped establish. One of the most famous spy stories of the twentieth century, it also unfortunately, helped lay the ground work for the excesses of McCarthy and his witchhunt. This is not an easy story and it split America with a force that reminds one of the Dreyfus case. Stranger than any fiction this book will keep you reading and thinking from beginning to end.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    Outstanding Look into Chambers' Intellectualism

    Not only is this book one of the strongest biographies I've encountered, its subject is a fascinating, complex, intruiging, highly intellectual character whose life's events now embody an infamous period of American history. I'm not sure what is more compelling -- the events of (and that led to) the Hiss trial, or the profound cerebral hunger and philosophical searchings that consumed Whittaker Chambers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    Best Biography I've Ever Read

    A terrific all-American tale of a brilliant man besieged by all the demons of his era.Want to know how one could become a communist in the USA in the 1930's? Read this book! Learn about real cloak and dagger affairs,nasty mid-century politics,the life of an intellectual turned communist turned conservative.Treachery and lies on the highest level.And Mr Chambers just wanted to till the fields of his farm at the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    The truth will out

    Detailed history of Chamber's passage from radical to realist. Page turning read! THis is important history that needs to be understood especially by the youth of the twenty first century. Progressives by any other name are a corrosive threat to society

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