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Alger Hiss: Recollections Of A Life

Alger Hiss: Recollections Of A Life

By Alger Hiss

Seaver Books/Holt, 1988, 240 pp.

Even-tempered but rather thin memoirs. The material on the author's close relationship, as clerk and friend, to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is the best. Since Mr. Hiss has written previously about his legal ordeal and conviction, it is understandable why he has little more to say on that subject. But historians may regret his very cursory treatment of diplomatic events-especially the Yalta and San Francisco conferences-in which he participated.