Books: Invitation to a Bad Time

THE ROSENBERG FILE by Ronald Radosh and Joyce Milton Holt, Rinehart & Winston; 608 pages; $22.50

For 30 years the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and their mom-and-pop spy ring has been told to the accompaniment of grinding axes. The Stalinist left propagandized the trial and execution of the couple as being a joint venture of fascists and anti-Semites. Never mind that the Soviet Union was busy shooting its own Jews. At the other extreme was FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover intoning "the crime of the century," as if Hitler's recent transgressions had...

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