Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Chambers as witness — a singular man in singular times

Yesterday’s posting featured a remarkable novel, Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, which was published in 1952. 

Today I offer you something about a very different kind of book that was also published in 1952.

The Whittaker Chambers book, Witness, gives you insight into a singular man who lived in singular times. Read more about the book via this Wikipedia link. Read a different, perhaps more interesting, perspective via this Crisis link. 

Well, the bottom line is this: who was right and who was wrong in the whole Whittaker Chambers v. Alger Hiss saga remains difficult to adjudicate, and historians might never sort it out properly. If you can figure out the truth, please tell me about it. 

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