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

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

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by Richard Sale
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 times of war and peace.

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Library Journal
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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ISBN-13:
9780425191859
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.83(d)

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