[New York: The Hecla Press, 1950]. Original staples and original printed wrappers with wrapper title, as issued. v, [1 blank], 125, [1 blank] pp. Wraps with some light wear, text clean. Very Good.
The Hiss case was among the most politically divisive events of the Cold War. Hiss was not charged with espionage; the jury found that he had lied under oath about his Communist past, and convicted him of perjury. Proclaiming his innocence until his dying day, Hiss was a pillar of the American establishment, a former law clerk to Oliver Wendell Holmes, a trusted confidante of Dean Acheson, and one of the organizers of the United Nations. He lived long enough to be abandoned by most of his erstwhile defenders as disturbing evidence came to light over the years, particularly the release of the Soviet Union's Venona files.
This brief on appeal by Hiss's lawyers is a comprehensive review of the evidence which, Hiss claims, was insufficient to convict him. The clash of Hiss and his principal accuser, Whitaker Chambers, was explosive stuff of the highest courtroom drama. Hiss's lawyers-- Robert Benjamin, Harold Rosenwald, Chester Lane, and Kenneth Simon-- made a valiant but unsuccessful effort to overturn his conviction. Item #33815