Doomed: Sacco, Vanzetti & the End of the American Dream


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Roaring Brook Press
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6.2 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro are the authors of War in the Ring, One Nation Under Baseball, and One Punch from the Promised Land. They've written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, and ESPN. Florio, also a novelist, is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA creative writing program at the University of Southern Maine. Shapiro is a six-time Emmy-award winning writer of television documentaries. They are married and live in Brooklyn, NY.


"A riveting true crime story--but who are the criminals? As relevant today as it was a century ago." - Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb and Fallout

★ "A masterpiece...highly recommended." - School Library Journal, starred review

"A narrative nonfiction account of a 1920s trial that gained international attention....Florio and Shapiro document the story well, including historic photographs and letters the defendants wrote." - Kirkus Reviews

Effectively contextualizes [Sacco and Vanzetti's] story within the larger tale of shifting values in the early twentieth-century U.S...Quotes, photographs, and excerpts from written letters by Sacco and Vanzetti bring an intimate immediacy." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A well-researched nonfiction account...[that] fiercely interrogates how biased agendas can adversely affect justice systems." - Publishers Weekly

"The suspense of whether or not [Sacco and Vanzetti] will be executed...drives the resolution. Primary sources and excerpts from the men's letters reinforce their humanity." - Horn Book

"Florio and Shapiro solidly establish the characters and personal histories of Sacco and Vanzetti as well as the social and political attitudes of the U.S. at that time. Though over 100 years old, the case remains relevant to discussions of justice in America." - Booklist

"For those looking to expand your crime or justice sections, this is a worthy addition." - School Library Connection