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Author Roberts, Sam, 1947-

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

Published New York : Random House, [2001]


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 543 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [510]-526) and index.
Contents Chapter 1. Brother of Death 5 -- Chapter 2. House on Sheriff Street 25 -- Chapter 3. Ethel and Julius 38 -- Chapter 4. Drafted 47 -- Chapter 5. Mail Call 54 -- Chapter 6. Replacement 63 -- Chapter 7. Los Alamos 70 -- Chapter 8. Go-Between 81 -- Chapter 9. Route 66 88 -- Chapter 10. I Spy 96 -- Chapter 11. Espionage 101 111 -- Chapter 12. Moscow Gold 124 -- Chapter 13. Little Boy and Fat Man 133 -- Chapter 14. Diamonds 144 -- Chapter 15. Blackmail 152 -- Chapter 16. Venona 165 -- Chapter 17. Liberal 172 -- Chapter 18. Bomb 181 -- Chapter 19. Shmel 191 -- Chapter 20. What Did You Do in the War? 204 -- Chapter 21. "Red Hot" 208 -- Chapter 22. First Confession 235 -- Chapter 23. Formula 245 -- Chapter 24. Mr. Cooperation 255 -- Chapter 25. A Lever 281 -- Chapter 26. Talking the Talk 291 -- Chapter 27. Trial and Error 299 -- Chapter 28. Gamble 316 -- Chapter 29. Defense 352 -- Chapter 30. Death by Electrocution 378 -- Chapter 31. Sing Sing 387 -- Chapter 32. Relativity 400 -- Chapter 33. Blindman's Buff 413 -- Chapter 34. Lewisburg 434 -- Chapter 35. Search for David Greenglass 463 -- Chapter 36. Final Confession 473.
Summary In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried for and convicted of conspiring to steal atomic secrets. In 1953, their execution tore America 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 published, among them one 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 America'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.
Subject Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Greenglass, David, 1922-2014.
Trials (Espionage) -- United States.
ISBN 0375500138