The Public Burning by Robert Coover

The Public Burning reimagines the three fateful days in 1953 that culminated with the execution of alleged atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Vice President Richard Nixon—the voraciously ambitious bad boy of the Eisenhower regime—is the dominant narrator in an enormous cast that includes Betty Crocker, Joe McCarthy, the Marx Brothers, Walter Winchell, Uncle Sam, his adversary The Phantom, and Time magazine incarnated as the National Poet Laureate.

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The 2339th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Public Burning (Coover, Robert) Paperback 525139 $7.00 $2.54 1998
The Public Burning Paperback 7630674 $5.50
The Public Burning Hardcover 1104473 $64.53 $0.01
Public Burning Paperback 4199309 $19.00 $0.59
The Public Burning Kindle Edition 365751 2014