Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind

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Penguin, 2007 - History - 433 pages
The riveting true story of one of the nation’s most infamous trials and executions

When the state of Massachusetts electrocuted Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti on August 23, 1927, it concluded one of the most controversial legal cases in American history. In the eight decades since, debate has raged over what was probably a miscarriage of justice.

In the first full-length narrative of the case in thirty years, Bruce Watson unwinds a gripping tale that opens with anarchist bombs going off in a posh Washington, D.C., neighborhood and concludes with worldwide outrage over the execution of the “good shoemaker” and the “poor fish peddler.” Sacco and Vanzettimines deep archives and new sources, unveiling fresh details about these na´ve dreamers and militant revolutionaries. This case still haunts the American imagination. Authoritative and engrossing, Sacco and Vanzettiwill capture fans of true crime books and everyone who enjoys riveting American history.
 

Contents

BOOK
3
Lambs and Wolves
12
A Gunman Job
33
Yeggs
56
Shout from the Rooftops
382
I Was Crazy to Come to This Country
388
These SoCalled Alleged Facts
395
Flowers to the Fallen Rebels
401
Acknowledgments
408
Index
423
373
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Bruce Watson is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Smithsonian, Reader┬'s Digest, and Yankee magazine. His previous books are Bread & Roses, which was a New York Public Library Books to Remember selection, and The Man Who Changed How Boys and Toys Were Made.

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