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Ghosts on the Roof : Selected Journalism - Whittaker Chambers

Ghosts on the Roof

Selected Journalism

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Whittaker Chambers is one of the most controversial figures in modern American history a former Communist spy who left the party, testified against Alger Hiss before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and wrote a classic autobiography, Witness. Dismissed by some as a crank, reviled by others as a traitor, Chambers still looms as a Dostoevskian figure over three decades after his death in 1961. A man of profound pessimism, rare vision, and remarkable literary talents, his continuing importance was attested to when Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 1984.

Ghosts on the Roof, originally published in 1989, brings together more than fifty short stories, essays, articles, and reviews that originally appeared in Time, Life, National Review, Commonweal, The American Mercury, and the New Masses. Included are essays on Karl Marx, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, George Santayana, Dame Rebecca West, Ayn Rand, and Greta Garbo. These show Chambers at his best, as a peerless historian of ideas.

-[Ghosts on the Roof] is an important contribution to history and to literature. It will do . . . much to restore the correct perspective. . . . A superb rediscovery of the artistry of a great figure.-

--William F. Buckley, Jr. -The world knows Whittaker Chambers best as a philosopher and a hero of liberty. Because of Ghosts on the Roof, it will be reminded that he was also a first-rank critic, an incisive stylist, and all in all one of America's greatest journalists. Terry Teachout's valuable collection will go directly to my most easily reached bookshelf, right next to the well-worn copies of Witness and Cold Friday.-

--Richard Nixon -Ghosts on the Roof is an important book. . . . Chambers writes with distinction, compassion, and authority.-

--Hilton Kramer -This book is a treasure chest for admirers of Whittaker Chambers such as myself.-

--Robert Novak "[Ghosts on the Roof] is an important contribution to history and to literature. It will do . . . much to restore the correct perspective. . . . A superb rediscovery of the artistry of a great figure."

--William F. Buckley, Jr. "The world knows Whittaker Chambers best as a philosopher and a hero of liberty. Because of Ghosts on the Roof, it will be reminded that he was also a first-rank critic, an incisive stylist, and all in all one of America's greatest journalists. Terry Teachout's valuable collection will go directly to my most easily reached bookshelf, right next to the well-worn copies of Witness and Cold Friday."

--Richard Nixon "Ghosts on the Roof is an important book. . . . Chambers writes with distinction, compassion, and authority."

--Hilton Kramer "This book is a treasure chest for admirers of Whittaker Chambers such as myself."

--Robert Novak "["Ghosts on the Roof"] is an important contribution to history and to literature. It will do . . . much to restore the correct perspective. . . . A superb rediscovery of the artistry of a great figure."

--William F. Buckley, Jr. "The world knows Whittaker Chambers best as a philosopher and a hero of liberty. Because of "Ghosts on the Roof," it will be reminded that he was also a first-rank critic, an incisive stylist, and all in all one of America's greatest journalists. Terry Teachout's valuable collection will go directly to my most easily reached bookshelf, right next to the well-worn copies of "Witness and Cold Friday.""

--Richard Nixon ""Ghosts on the Roof" is an important book. . . . Chambers writes with distinction, compassion, and authority."

--Hilton Kramer "This book is a treasure chest for admirers of Whittaker Chambers such as myself."

--Robert Novak "["Ghosts on the Roof"] is an important contribution to history and to literature. It will do . . . much to restore the correct perspective. . . . A superb rediscovery of the artistry of a great figure."

--William F. Buckley, Jr."The world knows Whittaker Chambers best as a philosopher and a hero of liberty. Because of "Ghosts on the Roof", it will be reminded that he was also a first-rank critic, an incisive stylist, and all in all one of America's greatest journalists. Terry Teachout's valuable collection will go directly to my most easily reached bookshelf, right next to the well-worn copies of "Witness and Cold Friday"."

--Richard Nixon""Ghosts on the Roof" is an important book. . . . Chambers writes with distinction, compassion, and authority."

--Hilton Kramer"This book is a treasure chest for admirers of Whittaker Chambers such as myself."

--Robert Novak

Introuction to the Transaction Edition
Editor's Note
Introduction: The Forgotten Career of Whittaker Chambers
Can You Make Out Their Voices (1931)p. 3
You Have Seen the Heads (1931)p. 22
Our Comrade Munn (1931)p. 30
Death of the Communists (1931)p. 40
Intelligence Report (1939)p. 49
Night Thoughts (1939)p. 50
The New Pictures: "Ninothchka" (1939)p. 56
The New Pictures: "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940)p. 58
The Revolt of the Intellectuals (1941)p. 60
Silence, Exile and Death (1941)p. 63
Peace and the Papacy (1943)p. 66
Historian and History Maker (1944)p. 74
Literay Autolysis (1944)p. 80
Santayana, Poet of Dissolution (1944)p. 86
The Anatomy of Fascism (1944)p. 92
Area of Decision (1944)p. 98
Crisis (1944)p. 104
The Ghosts on the Roof (1945)p. 111
The Old Deal (1945)p. 116
Christmas 1945 (1945)p. 119
Problem of the Century (1946)p. 123
Crossroads (1946)p. 126
In Egypt Land (1946)p. 134
The Challenge (1947)p. 141
The Tragic Sense of Life (1947)p. 150
Circles of Perdition (1947)p. 156
The Devil (1948)p. 166
Dr. Crankley's Children (1948)p. 175
Faith for a Lenten Age (1948)p. 184
The Middle Ages (1947)p. 197
Medieval Life (1947)p. 204
The Glory of Venice (1947)p. 209
The Age of Enlightenment (1947)p. 217
The Edwardians (1947)p. 223
Age of Exploration (1948)p. 233
The Protestant Revolution (1948)p. 242
The Sanity of St. Benedict (1952)p. 257
Is Academic Freedom in Danger? (1953)p. 265
The End of a Dark Age Ushers in New Dangers (1956)p. 279
Soviet Strategy in the Middle East (1957)p. 291
The Coming Struggle for Outer Space (1957)p. 300
A Westminster Letter: The Left Undestand the Left (1957)p. 304
A Westminster Letter: "To Temporize Is Death" (1957)p. 308
Big Sister Is Watching You (1957)p. 313
A Westminster Letter: Springhead to Springhead (1958)p. 319
Some Untimely Jottings (1958)p. 326
Letter from Westminster: A Reminder (1958)p. 328
A Republican Looks at His Vote (1958)p. 331
Some Westminster Notes (1959)p. 333
Missiles, Brains and Mind (1959)p. 335
The Hissiad: A Correction (1959)p. 340
Foot in the Door (1959)p. 345
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9781560008354
ISBN-10: 1560008350
Series: Library of Conservative Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 30th January 1996
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.29  x 3.25
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Type: New edition