Reviews

What people are saying about
In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti

“Many of the assumptions that have conflated Sacco with Vanzetti in the past have been shredded by Tejada’s research…. The strength of the book lies in its attention to historical context…. Her research, at times, reads like an oral history—a testimony of regional and familial ties—and that makes the book an invaluable record of lived experience…. With the realities of people passing and memories lapsing, Tejada’s commitment to recording and incorporating these voices in a book-length study of Sacco and Vanzetti is a welcome approach that will surely stand the test of time…and will appeal to scholars and mainstream readers alike.”

— Italian American Review


“This is a terrific reexamination of the Sacco and Vanzetti case by journalist Tejada, whose lively writing and reporter’s eye offer a fresh, invigorating perspective on otherwise familiar characters and historical episodes. She brings the suspense and engagement of a good thriller to the events surrounding the April 1920 murders of a Massachusetts paymaster and security guard….Her examination of the case and her ‘alternative theory’ of…guilt or innocence are both compelling. Tejada set out to write ‘a double biography,’ one that attempts to ‘decouple Sacco from Vanzetti’….In the process, she has also written a very entertaining and perceptive history of early twentieth-century radicalism, anarchism, the Wobblies, and the American Labor Movement.”

— Booklist (starred review)


In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti “is more than just a crime story. It is a tour of the early 20th century American psyche….After reading Tejada’s book, readers feel as though they have been in the room for the autopsy.”

The Jewish Voice

 

“Tejada…makes convincing parallels between the anti-anarchism atmosphere surrounding the case and the terrorism-inspired hysteria prompted by 9/11, and carefully documents the indisputable fact that the defendants did not receive a fair trial, even by the lax standards of the day.”

— Library Journal


“In her gripping and vigorously researched book, Susan Tejada tells the story of Sacco and Vanzetti as it’s never been told before. In Tejada’s hands, this is a tale not of one tragedy but two men, whose guilt or innocence, even eighty-five years after their execution, remains a tantalizing mystery.”

 — Candice Millard, author of
Destiny of the Republic:
A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President


“Susan Tejada gives us Sacco and Vanzetti as real human beings ripe with complexity, which makes their sad case all the more compelling. In the process, she opens a window on a younger America, and presents this cause célèbre case as what it is, a classic drama of an unsolved crime cutting so close to society’s rawest nerves that it can still spark heated arguments a century later. This is an important story told well.”

— Kenneth D. Ackerman, author of Young J. Edgar:
Hoover and the Red Scare, 1919-1920


“…a welcome addition for its bringing together so many strands of the saga.”

— History Book Club