TREASON by Nathaniel Weyl


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A well studied, well paced history of treason in the United States which follows down from its original definition and prosecution through the main incidents of betrayal, whether by ""mercenaries and psychopaths, zealots and misguided idealists"". From the American Revolution where treason occurred on a major scale (Charles Lee, James Wilkinson, Benedict Arnold) this goes down through the War of 1812, the Civil War, the minor Irish plots and German spies of World War I. There's the less known conspiracy of the New England Federalists; the famous conspiracies of Aaron Burr; John Brown, the only man to be executed for this crime and now a legendary martyr; the pro-Nazis, hate mongers, saboteurs of World War II; the much publicized contemporary cases of Alger Hiss and Judith Coplon; and finally the new dimensions and implications of treason today as a violation of human freedom rather than of the nation state.... The material here, which has its own fascination, is also given a lively treatment.

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1950
Publisher: Public Affairs Press