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How Utterly Depraved! The American Government’s Murder of Ethel Rosenberg

Deborah Friedell London Review of Books
Ethel Rosenberg never abetted Soviet intelligence. Nor did Julius enable Russia’s atom bomb development. Yet in the overheated cold war and Korean intervention climate, they were singularly executed. The book under review details the graphic story.

Ethel Rosenberg by Anne Sebba Review – A Notorious Cold War Tragedy

Melissa Benn The Guardian
This is a sensitive portrait of the American civilian who was executed for allegedly passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. There are striking similarities between the poisonous atmosphere of the cold war and that of contemporary politics...

The Working-Class Cinematic Legacy of Film Noir

Leonard Pierce Jacobin
In the stiflingly reactionary cultural atmosphere of postwar America, most filmmakers didn’t talk much about class. But there was one significant exception: film noir was the most class-conscious genre of motion picture America has ever produced.

“I’m Going to Learn to Dance If It Takes Me All Night and Day” - Thoughts on Chuck Berry

Geoffrey Jacques Portside
Much commentary on the late Chuck Berry will focus on how his songs expressed fun and teenage angst. This is the right thing to do. Yet there’s more. For example, Berry’s obsession with the comparative qualities of fast cars — most brilliantly displayed in his song “Maybellene” — did not just reflect the rise of post-WW II consumerist culture....He preferred V-8 Fords over Cadillacs because he spent several years in the late 1940s and early 1950s helping make Ford cars.

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Cold War Modernist

John H. Brown American Diplomacy
Scholars are producing increasingly detailed accounts of how the U.S. government utilized artists and culture in the Cold War anti-Communist crusade. According to former diplomat John H. Brown, this new study, by Greg Barnhisel, shows that an important factor in making modernism work for U.S. Cold War interests involved "defanging modernism of its radicalism and turning it into an international vehicle for whitebread all-American convictions."
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