Recommended by Grover Norquist, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #13 in Conservatism, Ranked #38 in Communism

First published in 1952, Witness was at once a literary effort, a philosophical treatise, and a bestseller. Whittaker Chambers had just participated in America's trial of the century in which Chambers claimed that Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, was a spy for the Soviet Union. This poetic autobiography recounts the famous case, but also reveals much more. Chambers' worldview--e.g. "man without mysticism is a monster"--went on to help make political conservatism a national force.

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Grover Norquist I read both of them in the same summer at my public library, in Weston Public Library. (Source)

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