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Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy

Anne Sebba, Clare Mulley

Jewish Book Weekend

Sun 3 Oct
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Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy

Anne Sebba, Clare Mulley

Jewish Book Weekend

Anne Sebba in conversation about her new book Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy with fellow historian and The Spy Who Loved author, Clare Mulley


To J. Edgar Hoover it was ‘the trial of the century’; for many more it was a horrifying case of what happens when a government motivated by fear tramples on the rights of its citizens. In June 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were electrocuted, having been convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union. Ethel was the first woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder, a crime she almost certainly did not commit and the evidence for which was based on perjury from her own brother. Hers is a story of loyalty and courage as she battled the political paranoia of the McCarthy era, antisemitism, misogyny and more.

Following the award-winning Les Parisiennes and her acclaimed biographies of Wallis Simpson, Jennie Churchill and Mother Teresa, Anne Sebba joins us to discuss Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy, the first book to have full use of the dramatic prison letters she exchanged with her husband, her lawyer and her psychotherapist – as well as new interviews with her sons and fellow prisoners.

Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy and The Spy Who Loved will be available to purchase at the Blackwell’s pop-up bookstall on Sun 3 Oct.

Date & start time:Sun 3 Oct – 11.30am
Venue:Hall One
Price:£16.50
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