Careers of good people have been destroyed in the pursuit of political gain. It goes on today but got its real start by the very smart ambitious Congressman Richard Nixon nearly seventy years ago. In her new book Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous, author Joan Brady tells a tale of truth that is far more bizarre than any fiction writer could possibly dream up. And as the word “terrorist” is thrown around by today’s right wingers , so was the label “communist” in the early Cold War. Alger Hiss organized the United Nations and would be known in history for that if not for the knowingly dishonest Nixon who decided to destroy a top State Department employee for his own political gain. And it worked.