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April 1967

Friendship and Fratricide: An Analysis of Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(4):512-514. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730220124017

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This is a fascinating book, almost impossible to put down. Dr. Zeligs has performed a Herculean labor in the fields of applied psychoanalysis, and has produced a book that is sad, tragic, and disturbing. It tells us something of the political and social life in America in an era in the 1930's and 1940's that is now hopefully truly history, of the relationship, confrontation, and denouement of Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss, and of the terribly wasted lives of two brilliant men whose paths and careers intertwined, only to lead to tragedy and destruction.

For one who has read Alistair Cooke's A Generation on Trial and Earl Jowitt's The Strange Case of Alger Niss, it is a pleasure to find a book with new material and new insights. Dr. Zeligs has read everything written on Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss, including each man's

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