The brother : the untold story of atomic spy David Greenglass and how he sent his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair

by Roberts, Sam, 1947-

Format: Print Book 2001
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction KF224.R6 R63 2001
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Call Number  KF224.R6 R63 2001
Crafton Public Library Adult - Non-Fiction 345.73 ROBERTS
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Call Number  345.73 ROBERTS
In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried for and convicted of conspiring to steal atomic secrets. In 1953, their execution tore American apart. Fifty years later, the acrimonious debate over the Rosenbergs' guilt, and the raw emotions unleashed by a case that fueled McCarthyism and the cold war, still reverberate.

One man doomed the Rosenbergs: David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg's brother, the young army sergeant who spied for the Soviets at Los Alamos during World War II and whose testimony later sealed his sister and brother-in-law's fate. After serving ten years in prison, he was released in 1960 and vanished.

But Sam Roberts, a New York Times editor, found David Greenglass and, after fourteen years, finally persuaded him to talk. Drawn from the first unrestricted-access interviews ever granted by Greenglass and supplemented by revelations from dozens of other key players in the case--including the Russian agent who controlled Julius Rosenberg; by newly declassified American and Soviet government documents; and by personal letters never before publishes, among them on from Albert Einstein; The Brother is the mesmerizing inside story of misplaced idealism, love and betrayal behind the atomic-espionage case that J. Edgar Hoover condemned as the Crime of the Century.

In more than fifty hours of tape-recorded conversations with the author, Greenglass intimately detailed his recruitment into espionage on Manhattan's Lower East Side, how he spied for the Russians at American's most secret military installation, and how the plot unraveled and led to the arrests of David, Julius, and Ethel.

But even beyond that, this book reveals how Greenglass perjured himself during his riveting courtroom testimony--testimony that virtually strapped his sister and brother-in-law into Sing Sing's electric chair.

Delivering a narrative punch on every page, The Brother is the story of a family. It is a story of atomic espionage. It is the story of the trial that turned a nation upside down and that even now divides the American left. Convincingly and with authority, The Brother tells a tale driven by secrets, suspense, and intense human intrigue.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ethel Rosenberg's brother, David Greenglass, acknowledges that he perjured himself in his sworn testimony at the 1951 Rosenberg spy trial."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Rosenberg, Julius, -- 1918-1953 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Rosenberg, Ethel, -- 1915-1953 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Greenglass, David, -- 1922-2014.
Trials (Espionage) -- United States.
Publisher New York :Random House,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description x, 543 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [519]-526) and index.
ISBN 0375500138
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