Bruce Watson presents new book on Sacco & Vanzetti at the Boston Public Library
Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, the writer Bruce Watson presented his book "Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind", published by the Penguin Group, from New York. Watson is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, and Yankee magazine. The writer currently lives in Leverett, Massachusetts, although he prided during his talk to "have been born in California".
If his talk reflects the writing in the book, this must concentrate heavily in the intricacies, mysteries, conspiracy and contradictions of the trial and judgment of the two Italian immigrant workers. He referred to the men's political ideals of anarchism as "naivet?", or the dream of achieving a utopian society of equality. The author warned though that he wanted to remain impartial and not to render a judgment of guilt or innocence.
This is what renowned historian Howard Zinn wrote about the book, "This is a beautifully written, meticulously research evocation of the most emotion-filled events of the twentieth century. Bruce Watson brilliantly conveys the atmosphere, the drama, the excitement surrounding the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, which still fires the passion and touches the conscience of so many in this country and around the world."
Finally, the author responded questions of an attentive audience and many took the opportunity to buy the book and have it signed by the author.