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Executing the Rosenbergs : death and diplomacy in a Cold War world, Lori Clune

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Executing the Rosenbergs : death and diplomacy in a Cold War world
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Executing the Rosenbergs
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death and diplomacy in a Cold War world
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Lori Clune
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eng
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  • In 1950, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested for allegedly passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union, an affair FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover labeled the "crime of the century." Their case became an international sensation, inspiring petitions, letters of support, newspaper editorials, and protests in countries around the world. Nevertheless, the Rosenbergs were executed after years of appeals, making them the only civilians ever put to death for conspiracy-related activities. Yet even after their executions, protests continued. The Rosenberg case quickly transformed into legend, while the media spotlight shifted to their two orphaned sons. 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."--
  • "The Rosenberg case tested the limits of the federal government's new Cold War propaganda apparatus. Both the Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower administrations struggled to sell the guilt of the two spies and use the case to sell democracy and freedom overseas. However, citizens around the world did not always agree with the United States' execution of the Rosenbergs, which diminished the standing of the country in the eyes of the world, particularly so soon after the death of Stalin and the removal of the face of evil global Communism. In this first book, Lori Clune uses newly discovered State Department documents to demonstrate dissent to the Rosenberg decision from 80 cities in 48 countries in the early 1950s. American diplomats overseas observed and reported protests, petitions, letters of support, and newspaper editorials back to the State Department, along with policy recommendations. This project tells a new narrative of the Rosenbergs by transcending questions of guilt and innocence, adding a transnational component to the story and weaving the case into the Korean War, the death of Stalin, and the Cold War more broadly. While the Rosenbergs have been the subject of endless debate and discussion for half a century, this book offers an original approach to the topic, one that will no doubt add fodder to the politically passionate and provide a significant case study for those interested in the US relationship with the world"--
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Clune, Lori
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non fiction
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  • Rosenberg, Julius
  • Rosenberg, Ethel
  • Rosenberg, Julius
  • Rosenberg, Ethel
  • Trials (Espionage)
  • Trials (Conspiracy)
  • United States
  • Trials (Conspiracy)
  • Trials (Espionage)
  • New York (State)
  • United States
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Executing the Rosenbergs : death and diplomacy in a Cold War world, Lori Clune
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-250) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Truman -- Transition -- Eisenhower -- Execution -- Reverberations
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 261 pages
Isbn
9780190265885
Lccn
2015040550
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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YBP Library Services
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)921864696
Label
Executing the Rosenbergs : death and diplomacy in a Cold War world, Lori Clune
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Truman -- Transition -- Eisenhower -- Execution -- Reverberations
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 261 pages
Isbn
9780190265885
Lccn
2015040550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
YBP Library Services
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)921864696

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