In 1927, in his last known letter, Bartolomeo Vanzetti thanked a supporter for his efforts and asked him to study the Sacco-Vanzetti case so that “our fate may…serve as a tremendous lesson.”
In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti is, I hope, but the latest step toward achieving that goal. On May 29 the book will receive the gold medal for True Crime from the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
My original objectives for the book were to write a double biography of Sacco and Vanzetti, and to view the men in situ, in the turbulent era before, during, and after World War One. Along the way, I was repeatedly surprised by new information I uncovered about supporting characters in the case. In the end, I hope readers will come away from the book with a fresh perspective on the difficult issues of immigration reform, workers’ rights, wrongful convictions, and the balance between civil liberties and homeland security. Along with Vanzetti, I hope that the case “may be understood.”