In the summer of 1948, Whittaker Chambers, a senior editor of Time magazine, a confessed ex-Communist courier and espionage agent, first publicly accused Alger Hiss, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former official of the State Department, of having belonged to an underground Communist cell in Washington, DC, during the 1930's. Hiss denied the charge and sued Chambers for libel. Chambers then produced copies of typed State Department documents, which he alleged Hiss turned over to him for transmittal to the Soviets. On the basis of the documentary evidence provided by Chambers, Hiss was indicted by a federal grand jury, after denying that he passed the documents to Chambers. After two long federal trials, Hiss was found guilty of perjury and sentenced to five years imprisonment in the federal penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa.
In this book Zeligs skillfully unravels the Psychopathic method by which he believes