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

by Richard Sale
     
 
In this time of great patriotism, no crime seems more heinous than that of treason. Yet many of us understand little of the full impact of treasonous acts, and the price our nation has paid for them.

In this book, award-winning journalist Richard Sale recounts the stories of those whose actions betrayed America and put the safety of every citizen at risk, from

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In this time of great patriotism, no crime seems more heinous than that of treason. Yet many of us understand little of the full impact of treasonous acts, and the price our nation has paid for them.

In this book, award-winning journalist Richard Sale recounts the stories of those whose actions betrayed America and put the safety of every citizen at risk, from Benedict Arnold, whose name has become a synonym for traitor, to Robert Hanssen, the FBI staffer who sold secrets to the KGB for 22 years. Included, along with photographs, are thoughtful explorations on the motives and the mindsets of Robert Hanssen, John Wilkes Booth, and others, in fascinating, detailed accounts of the worst acts of treason ever committed against America.

Author Biography: Richard Sale covers terrorism and counterintelligence for UPI, has won the National Press Club Award, and appears frequently on television.

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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.

Product Details

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)

Meet the Author

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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