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Tracking the Rosenbergs Was About Catching Spies, Not About Suppressing Dissent



(p. 18) In writing about the events and the back story surrounding the espionage case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Howard Blum, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, seems at first glance to be going over well-trod territory. But "In the Enemy's House" is not a mere rehash. Instead, it is an account of the two men who were principally responsible for tracking down the Rosenbergs: Robert Lamphere, an F.B.I. counterintelligence agent, and Meredith Gardner, the most experienced and able code-breaker working for the United States government.


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Blum's book is especially valuable in rebutting the dwindling few who still believe the Rosenberg case was about the government seeking to curb the civil liberties of dissenters. Suppression of dissent, Blum demonstrates, was the furthest thing from the two men's minds.



For the full review, see:

Ronald Radosh. "Catching the Rosenbergs." The New York Times Book Review (Sunday, April 15, 2018): 18.

(Note: ellipsis added.)

(Note: the online version of the review has the date April 10, 2018, and has the title "In This True-Life Spy Story, It's America vs. Russia, the Early Years.")


The book under review, is:

Blum, Howard. In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies. New York: Harper, 2018.






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