In the same excellent Be the Judge, Be the Jury series as Rappaport's "Lizzie Borden Trial" (1992) and "Tinker vs. Des Moines" (1993), this presents the evidence in the controversial case of Alger Hiss, drawing on the actual testimony of the witnesses and asking the reader to be judge and jury. First, Rappaport sets the stage (Who was Alger Hiss? Who was his accuser, Whittaker Chambers? How did Americans feel about Communism in 1948?). Then, she quotes from the opening statements of the prosecution and the defense and takes the reader step by step through the trial and the examination of witnesses. She's at your elbow, summarizing the main points, showing what evidence is relevant, what issues must be decided, and what strategy and principles are involved, building tension to the verdict, and raising questions beyond. The style is simple, direct, and dramatic; the book is easily readable, with a bright cover and lots of subheads and varying type faces. This will lend itself as much to classroom discussion and dramatization as to personal reading.