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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935554166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935554165
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,104 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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Miriam edited the final version of this compelling book.
Simon Apple
The author(s) conclude that the defendants--though not totally blameless-- were not given a fair hearing and that they were excessively punished.
Cary B. Barad
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Rosenberg trial, or the anti-communism era in general.
Steven H. Propp

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 19, 2012
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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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14 of 21 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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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CoolGramma on May 5, 2013
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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 that she needed. I am interested in this case and have been for a long time, so I purchased the book along with another and loaned it to my very grateful student. It's a great book, but I think the view could have been a bit more objective than it was. Nevertheless, it's an excellent book.
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ML Tepper on October 27, 2010
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This book is nothing less than a tremendous breath of fresh air, as only pure truth can be. Walter Schneir's lifelong quest for the real truth in the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and the dedication of his wife Miriam in posthumously publishing it, is certainly the most admirable of life's endeavors, to which this country owes its debt of gratitude. The authors' selfless search for the truth, and not just simply basking in the glory of their bestseller on the case "Invitation to an Inquest," digging deeper into more recently declassified documents - even if it meant disproving erroneous information in their bestseller - displays integrity that is unmatched. Exposing the corruption of our government in dealing with the Rosenberg case is a genuine American exercise in patriotism. The country will live in the dark shadow cast by this case until the Rosenbergs are exonerated and all of the truths are revealed. Anyone who associates this cause with the left-wing, Democratic or Liberal party is, unfortunately, totally missing the point. We need more Walter and Miriam Schneirs - to strengthen this country by exposing the truth, for that's what makes it great. This book is worth reading multiple times, as the reader is moved to empathize with the Rosenbergs even more.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By weezie on October 17, 2011
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Agree with all who like the "whodunnit" quality,the clarity and suspense of Schneir's writing here, but what is overwhelmingly important is the precision of his desconstruction of the case. The Rosenbergs remain a hot potato for people interested in politics, American history and governmental shennanigans. Since we live in yet another time when "national security" interests trump everything, this book is extremely relevant for parsing phrases like "traitor" and "spy" and for understanding the twisting of truth that fear can result in. Walter Schneir shows, without a doubt, how unjust the execution of these two was, which still matters,how minimal Julius'spying was in the development of the bomb and how it's possible to see him as both spy and scapegoat. Investigative journalism needs more of this resistance to knee-jerk reactions and insistence on the exact truth, moral outrage coupled with precision and truth-telling.
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