OPINION: The Strange Case

On its spring books list, Doubleday announced that it would publish The Strange Case of Alger Hiss by the Earl Jowitt, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain in Clement Attlee's Labor government. The book was eagerly awaited by U.S. partisans of Hiss, who understood (correctly) that Jowitt had reviewed the evidence and found the case against Hiss not sufficient to warrant a conviction by the standards of British justice. Last fortnight Doubleday announced that the book was being withdrawn; review copies were recalled, and 5,000 copies already in bookstores were collected.

"Suppression!" cried...

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