The Ghost of Alger Hiss

April 1956
New Republic;4/23/56, Vol. 134 Issue 17, p5
This article presents information about liberalist Alger Hiss. At the age of 51, he was a sort of national spook. He haunts an entire generation of liberals like the ghost of an old illusion. Hiss also occupies a prominent place in the mental life at the other end of the political spectrum, where it is held as an article of faith that demoniacal conspiracies are the stuff of which history is made. And Alger Hiss--even the name seems a melodramatic contrivance, opening, as it does, on a note of boys' uplift and closing on a monosyllable of derision--Alger Hiss has twice in recent weeks been given to understand that ghosts should be neither seen nor heard.


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