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America's Dreyfus : the case Nixon rigged

Author: Joan Brady
Publisher: Newbold on Stour, Warks, UK : Skyscraper Publications, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Every American schoolchild knows of the crimes of Alger Hiss, a man whose very name rings with villainy. Communist, spy, perjurer - all of these accusations were bandied around in public and led to Hiss's downfall. Outside the US, Alger Hiss is less well-known, but the man who caused Hiss's downfall, Richard Nixon, became notorious because of his own crimes in government. Now, prize-winning thriller-writer Joan  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Alger Hiss; Alger Hiss; Richard M Nixon; Alger Hiss; Richard M Nixon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Brady
ISBN: 9780993153327 0993153321
OCLC Number: 927351619
Description: 387 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Responsibility: by Joan Brady.

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How an American high-flyer, Alger Hiss, was framed by Richard Nixon to create a wave of anti-communist hysteria which set Nixon on the path to the White House.  Read more...

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