America loves rooting for the underdog, cheering him on from rags to riches. Unfortunately, what goes up must often come down, and the fall can be greater than the ascent. On this episode of hiSTORY, Glenn looks at Alger Hiss and his story of coming from nowhere to being an influential part of the State Department — and his fall from grace with accusations of espionage and ties to the communist party.

Watch the video below for a sneak peak and answers to these revealing questions:

• Who did Alger Hiss clerk for?
• How did Hiss get close to Oliver Wendell Holmes and what lesson did he learn?
• What connection helped Hiss progress from nowhere to being ‘The Man’ at the US State Department?

Watch the full episode, courtesy of Mercury Radio Arts.

Featured Image: Alger Hiss, former State Department employe, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of giving false testimony. Hiss, named by former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers as a member of an espionage ring operating in the national capital before 1939, issued a statement less than 2 hours after the indictment, which said: ‘My testimony before the Grand Jury was entirely truthful.’ (Photo: Library of Congress)