Books: Hegel's Road to Walden

COLD FRIDAY by Whittaker Chambers. 327 pages. Random House. $5.95.

Whittaker Chambers spent his life searching for final answers. Spurred by "the need for truth" and "the fear of error," his search carried him into what Albert Camus called "those waterless deserts where thought reaches its confines." After the glaring publicity of the Alger Hiss trial and the 1952 publication of his own confessional autobiography Witness, Chambers withdrew to the seclusion of his Maryland farm. Often his first waking thought was, "Must I live through another day?" This posthumous book, made up of...

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