Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump

Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump

by David Rothkopf

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Overview

"Rothkopf does a brilliant job defining precisely how Trump has been aiding and abetting the enemy... compelling." —Financial Times

Political historian and commentator David Rothkopf shows how Trump will be judged by history (Spoiler alert: not well) in Traitor.


Donald Trump is unfit in almost every respect for the high office he holds. But what distinguishes him from every other bad leader the U.S. has had is that he has repeatedly, egregiously, betrayed his country. Regardless of how Senate Republicans have let him off the hook, the facts available to the public show that Trump has met every necessary standard to define his behavior as traitorous.

He has clearly broken faith with the people of the country he was chosen to lead, starting long before he took office, then throughout his time in the White House. And we may not yet have seen the last of his crimes. But the story we know so far is so outrageous and disturbing that it raises a question that has never before been presented in American history: is the president of the United States the greatest threat this country faces in the world?

We also need to understand how the country has historically viewed such crimes and how it has treated them in the past to place what has happened in perspective. After his examination of traitors including Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, and leaders of the Confederacy, David Rothkopf concludes that Donald Trump and his many abettors have committed the highest-level, greatest, most damaging betrayal in the history of the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250228833
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 32,684
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

DAVID ROTHKOPF is an author and commentator who has written extensively on politics, power and national security. Recent books include Great Questions of Tomorrow, National Insecurity, Power, Inc., Superclass, and Running the World. He is a former senior official in the Clinton Administration and has taught international affairs at Columbia, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Greatest Betrayal in American History 1

1 Betrayal 11

2 Aid and Comfort 45

3 The Wars Within 68

4 The Shadow of Doubt 94

5 Adhering to Our Enemies 126

6 Fractured Trust 162

7 The Ultimate Betrayal of the Spirit of America's Founders 205

Acknowledgments 225

Index 229

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