Traitors: The Worst Acts of Treason in American History from Benedict Arnold to Robert Hans

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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.

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

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There is nothing remarkable about most traitors, writes Sale, an award-winning reporter on terrorism and counterintelligence for UPI. Their lives are "essentially uneventful, most of them lacking in exotic glamour of any kind"-until they are caught. But, he underscores, they have one thing in common: they are criminals and thus "do not think at all like the rest of us do." Looking at seven traitors, from Benedict Arnold to Whitaker Chambers to Robert Hanssen, he offers brief accounts of their lives, the sequence of "little defections...small dishonesties...disdain for common decency" and other factors that led up to the big defection, whether it was John Wilkes Booth's assassination of President Lincoln or Elizabeth Bentley's spying for the Soviets. The portraits are sharp and place their subjects in historical context. Anyone interested in how traitors are made will find good reading here.
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