In 1948 former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss, a participant at the Yalta Conference and the formation of the United Nations, was accused of being a Soviet spy. Because the statute of limitations on espionage had expired, he was convicted only of perjury, and he maintained his innocence to the end of his life. Yet over the decades, evidence has continued to surface that Hiss had indeed passed classified documents to the Soviets—evidence that former U.S. Intelligence analyst Christina Shelton finds incontrovertible. Here she not only argues that Hiss was a spy, she explores both his ideological motivation and the lasting influence that his Soviet sympathies had on U.S. foreign policy.
"Rigorous and carefully documented analysis.... Shelton makes a sledgehammer of a case."—National Review