The View from Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir (Paperback)
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Short Description for The View from Alger's Window Tony Hiss's remarkable memoir of the trial and imprisonment of his father Alger Hiss, one of the most famous victims of the Cold War witch-hunts, draws a compelling portrait of an innocent man and forms a moving tale of how adversity drew this father and son closer together. Photos & drawings.
- Published: 11 July 2000
- Format: Paperback 253 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780375701283 ISBN 10: 0375701281
Full description for The View from Alger's Window
The View from Alger's Window is Tony Hiss's memoir of the trial and imprisonment of one of the most famous victims of the Cold War witch-hunts: his father. Tony Hiss was seven years old when Whittaker Chambers first accused Alger Hiss of passing secrets to the Russians. For the rest of his childhood, Tony and his family experienced the cruelties and intimidations of the time.Drawing on hundreds of letters Alger sent from prison, the author counters public perceptions of Hiss and shows the fundamental decency and essential goodness of his father and, along the way, draws a compelling portrait of an innocent man. At the same time he lets us see how adversity drew this father and son together, allowing them to achieve a closeness they might never have been able to otherwise. Here is the father who wrote home about pheasants at play on the prison grounds, the importance of Picasso, and the tender business of parenting from a distance. Here, too, is the son whose "duck-and-cover" fears paled in comparison to the terror of seeing justice wielded as an instrument of torture.