Magazine October 18, 2010, Issue

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Whittaker Chambers in 1948 (World Telegram & Sun/Library of Congress)
Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary, by Richard M. Reinsch II (ISI, 224 pp., $24.95)

Most people remember Whittaker Chambers for his 1948 testimony in the Alger Hiss spy case, exposing Soviet dirty work at the highest reaches of the U.S. government. After describing to the House Un-American Activities Committee his own message-running for the Communists during the Thirties, something the Time journalist, a convert to conservatism, deeply regretted, Chambers implicated his friend Hiss — a former State Department official and then-head of the Carnegie Endowment — as a fellow operative, passing state secrets to the Soviets. Hiss went to jail for perjury and became for the Left a presumptively innocent casualty of anti-Communist hysteria

Brian C. Anderson — Mr. Anderson is editor of City Journal and author of Democratic Capitalism and Its Discontents, South Park Conservatives, and other books.

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