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by Whittaker Chambers

The actual account of Soviet spies in America and the trial that enthralled a nation is told in Witness, which was first published in 1952. This fascinating autobiography, which is equal parts literary endeavour and philosophical discourse, recalls the well-known Alger Hiss case and exposes a lot more. Chambers' outlook on life and his conviction that "man without mysticism is a monster" later contributed to the rise of political conservatism as a major force in American politics.

The most thorough publication of Witness is the Cold War Classics edition by Regnery History, which includes forewords compiled from all earlier printings and contributions by notables like Milton Hindus, Robert D. Novak, William F. Buckley Jr., and Alfred S. Regnery.

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— Whittaker Chambers, Witness