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a stunning fictionalised account of the Rosenberg trial,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Book of Daniel (Picador Books) (Paperback)
This book does not set out to be a history of the Rosenberg executions, and by changing the names of the couple on trial, Doctorow is free to explore the climate of Cold War and McCarthyism that killed the Rosenbergs. The novel is written from the perspective of their son, who is growing up amid the Vietnam War protests, and facing his own crisis of civil unrest. The contrast of the two periods of left wing activism, so often ignored in the USA, is masterful, but the novel neither preaches or steers clear of the issues it raises. Worth buying alone for the glorious deconstruction of Disneyland at the end.