Whittaker Chambers is largely remembered for his pivotal role in the Alger Hiss spy case. But Chambers was much more than just a government informant, says Richard Reinsch; he was a profoundly important thinker who grappled with the nature of modern man's predicaments. Reinsch argues that Chambers's thought posed—and still poses—a challenge to American conservatism and its typical focus on markets and small government. In his journalism, essays, and correspondence with such figures as William F. Buckley Jr., as well as in his autobiographical tome Witness, Chambers engaged more broadly, analyzing the fundamental question of who man is and the classical and spiritual foundations of civilization.
"Reinsch's book does more than just recount the history of Chambers.... Reinsch argues the spiritual emptiness within the Western World that worried Chambers persists."—Politics Daily