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C-SPAN 3: Cold War Era Spies – Whittaker Chambers

April 25, 2014

C-SPAN 3 airs new insight into the spy activities of Whittaker Chambers in the early 1930s, before the Hiss Case, taped during panel presentation of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG): Airing Details: Apr 27, 2014 | 6:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3 Apr 27, 2014 | 10:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3 May […]

A Communist Odyssey: Now Available

November 5, 2012

The Central European University Press of Budapest and New York has published A Communist Odyssey: The Life of József Pogány/John Pepper by Thomas Sakmyster, professor emeritus of history at the University of Cincinnati. The book launches during the 2012 annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Dr. Sakmyster will […]

Jozsef Pogany

November 1, 2012

Dr. Thomas Sakmyster is publishing a new book this month called  A Communist Odyssey: The Life of József Pogány / John Pepper (Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, 2012) — click here for more details.

Why The Cold War Is Back at the Movies in The Iron Lady, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy & Mission Impossible

January 14, 2012

Jason, Thank you for your article. Khordovsky sounds excitingly new, like the still-new Russia. Among the films, you cited only Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy seems re-create a sense of the Cold War. (The Thatcher movie shows only the tail end of it.) Tinker also stands out for achieving at times nearly as much and at […]

Red Conspirator, by Thomas Sakmyster

February 8, 2011

From August 3, 1948, until today, America has had to wait to learn more about the head of Soviet espionage in Washington during the 1930s. On that day, Whittaker Chambers (my grandfather) told the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) under subpoena… >Read more

Chambers on Reinsch on Whittaker Chambers

January 5, 2011

…I would go further. More than muffling Whittaker Chambers’s intellectual thought, Reinsch strangles it. He narrows Chambers’s vistas to his own private passion: conversion passages in Witness (page 83). Fixation aside, nothing is new… Reinsch ditches insight for personal bias. >Read more (Reprint from “Letters: Muffled—or Strangled?,” published in the January 2011 issue of The […]

Whittaker Chambers, by Richard Reinsch

November 3, 2010

Reinsch’s treatment falls short… Where Chambers writes with passion and palpability, Reinsch offers fuzz. His prose muffles the screams… > Read more here