Ghosts on the Roof

Ghosts on the Roof

by Whittaker Chambers
     
 

Whittaker Chambers is one of the most controversial figures in modern American history a former Communist spy who left the party, testified against Alger Hiss before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and wrote a classic autobiography, Witness. Dismissed by some as a crank, reviled by others as a traitor, Chambers still looms as a Dostoevskian

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Whittaker Chambers is one of the most controversial figures in modern American history a former Communist spy who left the party, testified against Alger Hiss before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and wrote a classic autobiography, Witness. Dismissed by some as a crank, reviled by others as a traitor, Chambers still looms as a Dostoevskian figure over three decades after his death in 1961. A man of profound pessimism, rare vision, and remarkable literary talents, his continuing importance was attested to when Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 1984.

Ghosts on the Roof, originally published in 1989, brings together more than fifty short stories, essays, articles, and reviews that originally appeared in Time, Life, National Review, Commonweal, The American Mercury, and the New Masses. Included are essays on Karl Marx, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, George Santayana, Dame Rebecca West, Ayn Rand, and Greta Garbo. These show Chambers at his best, as a peerless historian of ideas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560008354
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
Library of Conservative Thought Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Introuction to the Transaction Edition
Editor's Note
Introduction: The Forgotten Career of Whittaker Chambers
Can You Make Out Their Voices (1931)3
You Have Seen the Heads (1931)22
Our Comrade Munn (1931)30
Death of the Communists (1931)40
Intelligence Report (1939)49
Night Thoughts (1939)50
The New Pictures: "Ninothchka" (1939)56
The New Pictures: "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940)58
The Revolt of the Intellectuals (1941)60
Silence, Exile & Death (1941)63
Peace & the Papacy (1943)66
Historian and History Maker (1944)74
Literay Autolysis (1944)80
Santayana, Poet of Dissolution (1944)86
The Anatomy of Fascism (1944)92
Area of Decision (1944)98
Crisis (1944)104
The Ghosts on the Roof (1945)111
The Old Deal (1945)116
Christmas 1945 (1945)119
Problem of the Century (1946)123
Crossroads (1946)126
In Egypt Land (1946)134
The Challenge (1947)141
The Tragic Sense of Life (1947)150
Circles of Perdition (1947)156
The Devil (1948)166
Dr. Crankley's Children (1948)175
Faith for a Lenten Age (1948)184
The Middle Ages (1947)197
Medieval Life (1947)204
The Glory of Venice (1947)209
The Age of Enlightenment (1947)217
The Edwardians (1947)223
Age of Exploration (1948)233
The Protestant Revolution (1948)242
The Sanity of St. Benedict (1952)257
Is Academic Freedom in Danger? (1953)265
The End of a Dark Age Ushers in New Dangers (1956)279
Soviet Strategy in the Middle East (1957)291
The Coming Struggle for Outer Space (1957)300
A Westminster Letter: The Left Undestand the Left (1957)304
A Westminster Letter: "To Temporize Is Death" (1957)308
Big Sister Is Watching You (1957)313
A Westminster Letter: Springhead to Springhead (1958)319
Some Untimely Jottings (1958)326
Letter from Westminster: A Reminder (1958)328
A Republican Looks at His Vote (1958)331
Some Westminster Notes (1959)333
Missiles, Brains and Mind (1959)335
The Hissiad: A Correction (1959)340
Foot in the Door (1959)345
Index351

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