AUTHORRadosh, Ronald / Milton, Joyce
TITLEThe Rosenberg File: A Search for the Truth
PUBLISHERVintage Books
CITYNew York, NY

This book tells in lively detail about the trial for espionage and the controversial executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of passing information about the American atomic bomb to the Soviets. The narrative begins with events surrounding the discovery of the spies Klaus Fuchs, Harry Gold, and then David Greenglass, who was Ethel Rosenberg's brother. The focus then moves to the Rosenbergs, their trial, efforts to save their lives, and the executions. The political climate of the early 1950s is clearly portrayed. The book relies heavily on information from the 250,000 pages of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other United States government agency files that were declassified in 1975 under the Freedom of Information Act. While the book clearly states that the Rosenbergs were spies, both authors were originally convinced of the Rosenburgs' innocence before starting research. The book questions how useful the Rosenbergs’ information was to the Soviets, and takes the position that the executions were excessive punishments.

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