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  • Compelling read

    only knew the basics of Ethel Rosenberg. The author believes that she was innocent and wasn’t a traitor. After reading Anne Sebba’s Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy, I have to say she made a compelling case. This book was very well written and well sourced. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Must Read!!

    This was a really interesting story. Having been born a couple of years before the end of this story, of course I have heard about the Rosenbergs, but not in this detail. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in history.

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  • Guilty upon association

    Ethel was a child of Jewish immigrants. She felt unloved by her mother who only had time for her young brothers. Growing up she adored her younger brother David and often read stories to him. Ethel wanted to be an actor and a singer. She met Julius Rosenberg at a Union benefit event. Ethel was singing at the event, but she had a attack of nerves. Julius had noticed Ethel before and when she told him how nervous she was he took her to a room and had her rehearse just for him. They were inseparable from then on. They married and eventually had two sons. Ethel and Julius were communists and often had meetings in their home but it was never proven that Ethel attended or participated in these meetings. Julius was proven to be a Soviet Spy and had recruited others to be spies. There was no real evidence that Ethel was a part of the spy ring, nor that she knew about it. They were both arrested and tried for espionage. Edith's brother David gave testimony that she was guilty along with Julius. This testimony was enough to garner the death sentence for Edith. Her two young songs were left orphans. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were the only two Americans put to death during peacetime for conspiracy to commit espionage. Ethel is the only woman ever executed for a crime other than murder in the U.S This was a very interesting time in history, I had heard the term McCarthyism, but I did not understand what it meant. After reading this book I think I now understand a bit about McCarthyism. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it. Thanks to Anne Sebba, St. Martin's Press, and NetGalley, for a complimentary copy of this book. "Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

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  • Sins of the fathers

    I received a free electronic ARC of this biography from Netscape, Anne Sebba, and St. Martin's Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read "Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy" of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend this biography to friends and family. The little we were taught of this true tragedy in school in the '50s and '60s left a lot to be desired. There is usually a right time and right place in history. Ethel was not blessed with either of those advantages. I am grateful to Anne Sebba for offering this biography of a hard-working, loving mother who faced this disaster of justice with courage and poise. I hope that never again in my lifetime are we faced with such a terrible miscarriage of justice. And that if we do, we are strong enough to stand up for what is right and true.

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  • Very Interesting Book

    This is a very well researched and fascinating biography of Ethel Rosenberg who, along with her husband Julius, was tried and convicted of espionage and electrocuted at the height of the cold war in June 1953. I was just a young grade-school student when this happened and I listened to the news reports of it on the radio (no TV yet) when this took place. The story of the Rosenbergs has always fascinated me and I have read numerous books about them over the years. I do feel that this is the best book yet because it focused so much on Ethel; her personality, her upbringing by a cold, uneducated mother, her intelligence and graduating from high school when she was only 15, as well as being very talented. I was not aware that Ethel was such a talented soprano and sang operas as well as being a good actor. I really learned a lot about Ethel that I was not aware of before. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this fascinating book that I did not want to put down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been interested in the Rosenbergs as it is a real eye-opener.

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