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Publisher's Summary

Ethel Rosenberg was a supportive wife, loving mother to two small children and courageous idealist who grew up during the Depression with aspirations to become an opera singer.

On 19 June 1953 she became the first woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder. She was thirty-seven years old.

Ethel's conviction for conspiracy to commit espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union followed what FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called the 'trial of the century' in Cold War America and is still controversial. Now, Anne Sebba's masterly, meticulously researched and deeply moving biography finally tells Ethel's true story - a life barbarically cut short on the basis of tainted evidence for a crime she almost certainly did not commit.

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©2021 Anne Sebba (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"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 brilliant and fresh take on a famous case." (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

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  • Anna Mathias
  • 10-25-21

Fascinating and tragic

Anne Sebba’s account of Ethel Rosenberg’s life and execution is completely gripping, giving an insight into the period and the personality of both Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. A profoundly sad story, beautifully recounted.

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  • N Ní Mhurchú
  • 09-22-21

Fascinating story, well told

This telling of the Rosenbergs' story manages to combine the enormity of the fear of communism in 50s America with a touching, intimate portrait of a marriage.
It's a story that still shocks and sadly still resonates - the evident misogyny she faced, especially.

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  • 12-16-21

Conventional in the telling but engaging

A tragic case that demonstrates the bias and fallibility of the justice system and the horror of capital punishment.