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In Executing the Rosenbergs, Lori Clune demonstrates that the Rosenberg case played a pivotal role in the world's perception of the United States. Based on newly discovered documents from the State Department, Clune narrates the widespread dissent against the Rosenberg decision in 80 cities and 48 countries. Even as the Truman and Eisenhower administrations attempted to turn the case into pro-democracy propaganda, US allies and potential allies questioned whether the United States had the moral authority to win the Cold War. Meanwhile, the death of Stalin in 1953 also raised the stakes of the executions; without a clear hero and villain, the struggle between democracy and communism shifted into morally ambiguous terrain.
Transcending questions of guilt or innocence, Clune weaves the case - and its aftermath - into the fabric of the Cold War, revealing its far-reaching global effects. An original approach to one of the most fascinating episodes in Cold War history, Executing the Rosenbergs broadens a quintessentially American story into a global one.
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By Sean on 12-24-17
Excellent audio book
Factually accurate and casts a real shadow of what we are led to believe are fair democracies, which are steeped in corruption and personal political aspirations. A true travesty of justice and a blight on the USA. Very sad but essential reading.
By S. Moorcroft on 10-19-17
Exhaustive but Windy and Repetitive
You are unlikely to find a more comprehensive analysis of world reaction to the case.