In This Review

By Whittaker Chambers
Random House, 1952, 808 pp

An important and of course highly controversial document for the history of the United States in the 1930's and 1940's. Mr. Chambers' recollections, testimony and reflections concern three distinct subjects: his own biography and life in the Communist Party, the Hiss case, and his critique of modern society. In the author's mind these form a necessary unity; the reader may be less convinced by this impressive and tortured demonstration that the life of Mr. Chambers is a mirror to the crisis of our times.