Traitors: The Worst Acts of Treason in American History -- From Benedict Arnold to Robert Hansen

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The United States has had its share of turncoats, from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Whatever their reasons - financial, ideological, or egotistical - these betrayers all have one thing in common: their actions put the lives of every American at risk. In Traitors, journalist Richard Sale examines the lives, motivations, and thought patterns of those who have conspired against the United States - and unveils the extent of damage each brought upon the country in ...
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Overview

The United States has had its share of turncoats, from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Whatever their reasons - financial, ideological, or egotistical - these betrayers all have one thing in common: their actions put the lives of every American at risk. In Traitors, journalist Richard Sale examines the lives, motivations, and thought patterns of those who have conspired against the United States - and unveils the extent of damage each brought upon the country in times of war and peace.
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Sale, who covers terrorism and counterintelligence for UPI, here analyzes the well-known cases of Benedict Arnold, John Wilkes Booth, Elizabeth Bentley, Whittaker Chambers, John Walker, and Robert Hanssen while also briefly discussing some lesser-known traitors. What comes through clearly in these full case studies is that the psychological defects that caused these individuals to act the way they did can often be traced to their upbringing. And while ideology certainly played a part in some betrayals, in most cases money and ego were more important factors. (Arnold sought glory, Booth was filled with zeal for the Confederates, and Walker and Hanssen wanted money.) The book ends with an interesting section on 9/11, when Washington feared that the terrorists had inside information about the protective movement of government leaders owing to Hanssen's selling the procedures to the Russians years earlier; fortunately, they did not. Suitable for all libraries. (Index and photos not seen.)-Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425191859
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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Richard Sale
RICHARD SALE is an award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist who has written for The Washington Post and San Francisco Examiner. Most recently, he served as a special correspondent for UPI for 5 years. He is the author of Traitors and The Blackstone Rangers. He is currently Intelligence Correspondent for Middle East Times. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Preface
The Makings of a Traitor 1
The Traitor as Hero: Benedict Arnold 15
The Traitor as Assassin: John Wilkes Booth 63
The Traitor as Idealist: Chambers and Bentley 109
The Traitor as Petty Thief and National Catastrophe: John Walker Jr. 175
The Traitor as Proteus and Government Agent: Robert Hanssen 253
Notes 285
Bibliography 299
Index 303
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