Magazine article New Internationalist

America's Dreyfus: The Case Nixon Rigged

Magazine article New Internationalist

America's Dreyfus: The Case Nixon Rigged

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America's Dreyfus: The Case Nixon Rigged by Joan Brady (Scyscraper Publications, ISBN 9780993153327)

In 1950 the high-flying US diplomat Alger Hiss was found guilty of perjury relating to espionage charges and sentenced to two concurrent five-year terms of imprisonment. The trial, which came at the height of the Cold War and the US anti-communist witch hunt, hinged on the testimony of an excommunist, Whittaker Chambers, and the case was orchestrated by Richard Nixon, at the time a junior member of Congress.

Joan Brady knew Hiss personally and it is her contention that Nixon knowingly distorted, manipulated and invented evidence and shamelessly used the redbaiting press in order to secure a conviction and advance his own political career. Brady's account is engagingly written and she argues persuasively - if not entirely conclusively - that Hiss was 'a wronged and innocent man battling the vast resources of an unjust state'. …

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