Witness by Whittaker Chambers

First published in 1952, Witness was at once a literary effort, a philosophical treatise, and a bestseller. Whittaker Chambers had just participated in America's trial of the century in which Chambers claimed that Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, was a spy for the Soviet Union. This poetic autobiography recounts the famous case, but also reveals much more. Chambers' worldview--e.g. "man without mysticism is a monster" --went on to help make political conservatism a national force.

The 60th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 3rd on The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
  2. - 23rd on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)

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Witness (Library edition) MP3 CD 3660791 $39.95 $87.14 2007
Witness Hardcover 390408 $63.71 $10.00 1952
Witness Audible Audiobook 11756 $21.95 2008
Witness Paperback 2712554 $72.69 $4.21
Witness Kindle Edition 47092 $9.99 1978
Witness Hardcover 677789 $50.30 $34.95 2011
Witness [First Edition] Hardcover 1302299 $45.98 $3.17
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Witness Audio CD 2489714 $28.32 $29.99 2013
Witness Paperback 182217 $61.78 $5.99 1987
Witness (Library Edition) Audio CD 3886052 $100.80 $175.46 2007