Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War by Lori Clune

By Lori Clune

In 1950, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg have been arrested for allegedly passing information regarding the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union, an affair FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover classified the "crime of the century." Their case grew to become a global sensation, inspiring petitions, letters of aid, newspaper editorials, and protests in nations world wide. however, the Rosenbergs have been performed after years of appeals, making them the one civilians ever placed to dying for conspiracy-related actions. but even after their executions, protests persisted. The Rosenberg case fast reworked into legend, whereas the media highlight shifted to their orphaned sons.

In Executing the Rosenbergs, Lori Clune demonstrates that the Rosenberg case performed a pivotal position within the world's belief of the us. according to newly stumbled on files from the kingdom division, Clune narrates the frequent dissent opposed to the Rosenberg choice in eighty towns and forty eight international locations. whilst the Truman and Eisenhower administrations tried to show the case into pro-democracy propaganda, U.S. allies and power allies puzzled even if the USA had the ethical authority to win the chilly battle. in the meantime, the dying of Stalin in 1953 additionally raised the stakes of the executions; with no transparent hero and villain, the fight among democracy and communism shifted into morally ambiguous terrain.

Transcending questions of guilt or innocence, Clune weaves the case -and its aftermath -into the material of the chilly warfare, revealing its far-reaching worldwide results. An unique method of essentially the most interesting episodes in chilly battle heritage, Executing the Rosenbergs broadens a quintessentially American tale right into a international one.

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