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Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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Praise for Invitation to an Inquest
“A major event in the history of the celebrated case.”
—The New York Times
“Some of the best detective work in modern journalism.”
“Shows that the atom bomb secrets which [the Rosenbergs] were accused of giving the Russians were naïve caricatures of scientific diagrams with little or no value. . . the execution of the Rosenbergs seems more meaningless than ever.”
About the Author
Miriam Schneir is editor of Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present and Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings. In addition to Invitation to an Inquest, she is also the co-author of “Remember the Ladies”: Women in America, 1750–1815.
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Top Customer Reviews
A significant factor in him changing his mind about the Rosenbergs' guilt, is that in the post-Cold War era, "aging KGB stalwarts were eager to tell the world about their espionage feats." (Pg. 40) Documents were released, as well, and "when Walter and I read the pertinent Verona cables, it was immediately evident to us that Julius Rosenberg... had worked as a spy for the Soviet Union... (the data) left no room for doubt that Julius had persuaded friends and political comrades to give technical data from their jobs to the Russians." (Pg. 46)
Concerning their later trial, they wrote, "The charge in the Rosenberg trial was conspiracy to commit espionage; the defendants were all alleged to have been participants in a scheme aimed at obtaining national defence information for the benefit of the Soviet Union. That was certainly true of Julius." (Pg.Read more ›
secrets to Russia, but what he gave amounted to very little. The whole
story of the FBI's lie to make it seem like that cracked a huge case is
sickening. The author said that he should have gotten, maybe, 12 years
or so for what he did. Ethel was not a part of it. They were killed for
FBi public relations.
The argument is clearly presented, but it is a short read finished in a
couple of hours. A crazy price they are asking for it.
Apparently, the Government had in its posession some secret evidence that differed markedly from the evidence that they presented at trial. The author(s) conclude that the defendants--though not totally blameless-- were not given a fair hearing and that they were excessively punished. All of this seems to be convincingly presented, although I'm sure that future researchers will come up with additional interepretations of this seemingly endless case.
The Schneirs' original book Invitation to an Inquest is still worth reading for a lot of information on the case and its context. While some of their conclusions were wrong, on the basis of the information then available, they did their best to establish the truth.
The fact that the Stalinized Communist Party let their members become spies and then attempted to not acknowledge them is scandalous. The fact that there were people who knew the truth and pretended for years they didn't is also outrageous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a terrible book it was not informing and added little to my understanding of the case.......a total ripoffPublished 4 months ago by Natalie Olsen
Very dull and uniteresting. But it does tel a lot about the time period and Red Scare.Published 9 months ago by William G. Straub
A good read. I knew next to nothing about this case and this book shed light on the
'behind the scenes' events.
Well written and fascinating account of the new material concerning the Roseberg's and its impact on the author and the general public.Published 18 months ago by Peggy R. Cole
This book does give the final word on what happened to the Rosenbergs. The author is able to update his earlier book because he was able to access KGB records and reveal who and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nancy L. Webb
new information however, this is still a dark and ugly point in US history. not that it's the only one, we're good at dark and ugly history.Published 21 months ago by panda princess
One of my students who has a learning disability had to write a research report. I got her very interested in the ROsenberg case, but the library did not carry all of the books... Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by CoolGramma613