INVESTIGATIONS: Professor on Trial

The case of Owen Lattimore, the Johns Hopkins professor who powerfully influenced U.S. thinking and U.S. policy on China, finally reached the courts last week. In the three years since Senator Joseph McCarthy called Lattimore a "top Russian agent," the professor has 1) written a book in his own defense, Ordeal by Slander, that won applause from liberals; 2) appeared before one group of Senate investigators (the Tydings committee) whose majority cleared him handsomely; and 3) argued before another Senate hearing (Internal Security subcommittee) which denounced him as a "conscious, articulate instrument of Soviet conspiracy" and urged that he...

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