By Sebba, Anne
I don't think I've ever read a book that has moved me more ANTHONY HOROWITZ Masterful, original and painfully gripping, a historic miscarriage of justice laid bare for our times PHILIPPE SANDS Absolutely gripping in so many ways; beautifully written and superbly researched, a bri...lliant and fresh take on a famous case SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE What a soaring story that challenges on so many levels! Anne Sebba has an uncanny knack of upending historical orthodoxies in compelling style SONIA PURNELL Ethel Rosenberg's story is America's Dreyfus Affair: a catastrophic failure of humanity, and probably also of justice, that continues to haunt the national conscience and is still being played out with different actors in the lead roles today. On 19 June 1953 Rosenberg became the first woman to be executed by the US government in almost a century, and the only woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder. She was thirty-seven years old and the mother of two small children. Her case resonates more than ever today at a time of world tension and conspiracy rumours focused on a resurgent Soviet Union. Any battle to seek forgiveness for a convicted communist spy would, today, at a time when the Cold War seems all too resonant, stand little chance of success. But the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg refuses to die; this is an important moment to recount not simply what FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called the 'trial of the century', but also a timeless human story of a supportive wife, loving mother and idealist who had her life barbarically cut short for a crime she almost certainly did not commit. Ethel's story lays bare a nation once again deeply divided and unable to live at peace with itself.Read more
Anne Sebba is one of Britain's most distinguished biographers. Formerly a Reuters correspondent based in London and Rome, she has written ten works of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women, and presented BBC radio documentaries. She is the author of the international bestsellers That Woman, an acclaimed biography of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, and Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died Under Nazi Occupation. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and lives in Richmond, Surrey. www.annesebba.com http://www.facebook.com/anne.sebba https://twitter.com/annesebba
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