This highly acclaimed book--voted one of the ten best books of the year by the \'New York Times Book Review\'--was hailed as the definitive account of the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. It now includes a new introduction that discusses the most recent evidence and provides information from the Verona papers and Soviet sources.… (more)
Who was telling the truth--the Rosenbergs or Greenglass? Who was telling the truth--Sobell or Elitcher? It will be a long time, if ever, before we know for certain. We may wake up one morning to learn that the Rosenbergs were guilty. We may wake up to learn that they were innocent. But I doubt whether we will ever find there was a deliberate frameup. Fanaticism had the same momentum on both sides. I. F. Stone, I. F. Stone's Weekly, July 2, 1956
In traditional warfare, espionage is a sideshow played out against the larger drama of troop movements, campaign strategy, and battles. But in a Cold War, espionage takes center stage and the unmasked spy or traitor becomes the surrogate for the enemy soldiers who never venture within range of the front lines.
The result was the grisly tandem electrocution of a husband and wife--a sentence that seemed justified by the passions of the moment but that had begun to inspire public revulsion even before it was carried out. The execution of the Rosenbergs stands as an ominous footnote to the first decade of post-nuclear history.