Laughing Last
by Tony Hiss

A light-hearted biography of Alger Hiss by his son. More interesting than Alger Hiss: The True Story by John Chabot Smith. It fails to explain Chamber's accusations. Like the Smith book, it tries to show that Hiss couldn't have been a communist spy, because he is a nice guy and had distinguished friends and accomplishments.

On July 11, 1995, the U.S. government released Soviet cables that had been decoded during the Cold War. The cables proved the Joe McCarthy was correct when he charged that the Federal government was riddled with communist agents and that Nixon and other anticommunist crusaders were also telling the truth about Soviet spies. The cables show that Alger Hiss, Julius Rosenberg, and journalist I. F. Stone were agents of Moscow.

Year Read: 1982


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