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Ethel Rosenberg: Beyond The Myths
Ethel Rosenberg: Beyond The Myths
By Ilene Philipson
Franklin Watts, 1988, 390 pp.

This book is superb on the milieu-New York's Lower East Side-and the era-the Depression and World War II-in which the Rosenbergs grew up and became dedicated communists. Ethel emerges as the victim of an appalling family (especially mother), but also as a rather unformed personality given to compulsive role-playing. The material on the trial and execution is mostly familiar, but the author's overall approach to the question of the Rosenbergs' innocence or guilt is rather oblique.