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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; 1St Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935554166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935554165
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Walter Schneir’s willingness to acknowledge his own mistakes in the interest of historical truth makes all the more powerful his posthumous argument that new evidence throws light on precisely what Julius and Ethel Rosenberg did and didn’t do. And Miriam Schneir’s preface and afterword make clear why anyone who cares about our democracy should care about the truth of what happened here.”
—Victor Navasky, author of Naming Names and A Matter of Opinion
 
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.”
The Nation
 
“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.”
—Arthur Miller

About the Author

Walter Schneir was a freelance writer on law, politics, and science. He is the co-author, with his wife Miriam Schneir, of Invitation to an Inquest, long considered the definitive book on the Rosenberg case. He is also the editor of Telling It Like It Was: The Chicago Riots and editor of the collection Westmoreland v. CBS. His work appeared in many publications, including The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, Ramparts, The Progressive, and the Times op-ed page. He died in April 2009.
 
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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Walter Schneir (1927-2009) and his wife Miriam wrote an earlier book, Invitation to an Inquest, defending the Rosenbergs. Miriam wrote in the Preface to this 2010 book, "For fifty years, my husband and colleague Walter Schneir remained a dedicated student of the Rosenberg case... In his last years he was at work on what he called a 'political memoir.' It was to be the story of his life, but also of the Rosenberg case, for the two were inextricably intertwined. Chapters from that unfinished memoir form the heart of the present volume... Walter regarded it as a writer's duty to pursue the truth... At the end, he was satisfied that he had reached his goal; that he finally knew what had really happened---and why."

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.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cary B. Barad on November 7, 2010
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This book attempts to correlate and integrate old existing evidence with newer revelations. The latter include interviews with surviving witneses, newly released KGB archives, and various transcripts of pre-trial preparations, confessions and depositions obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By webwiz99 on July 21, 2014
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The story actually is that at least Julius Rosenberg wanted to give U.S.
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine Mayer on July 21, 2013
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Finally a believable explanation of the Rosenberg case. A shameful piece of American history that needs to be understood in its entirety.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Lichtman on August 15, 2014
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To some, the fact that Julius Rosenberg is now known to be guilty may be all they want to know. But this excellent little book tells you what he (and others) were and weren't guilty of and who (like Ethel Rosenberg) wasn't guilty. Anyway you look at it, this case was part of the witch hunt, which was not only directed at intellectuals as some think, but was above all aimed at the working class. For this I recommend The Case of the Legless Veteran; 50 Years of Covert Operations in the US. Washington's Political Police and the American Working Class.; What Is American Fascism?; Notebook of an Agitator: From the Wobblies to the Fight against the Korean War and McCarthyism (paperback).

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.
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By William G. Straub on April 20, 2015
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Very dull and uniteresting. But it does tel a lot about the time period and Red Scare.
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