THE BETRAYERS by Ruth Chatterton


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Witch-hunting in Washington and the personal conflicts engendered are the basis of the near dissolution of Celia Mill's 14 year old marriage to Bill, now a Senator from Kentucky. For when she learns that Mike Prescott, of the Atomic Energy Commission, is to be investigated and that Bill is to be chairman of the senatorial sub-committee that will handle it, she is more than ready, as a lawyer, to help and protect Mike, and taunts Bill. But Mike is not persuaded and his appearance before Bill and Senator Glavis, most rabid of vilifiers, brings him to trial for contempt of Congress. Celia, at first planning to direct his defense, finally appears for him and achieves his acquittal on a technicality -- only to find Mike's fanatic pacificism is in reality treason and, chastened and humbled, finds her way back to Bill. The world of the FBI, columnists, honest attempts to protect the security of the United States, and the ramifications of doubt, suspicion, smears, public intimidation, political strategy and personal revenge are a tight and intricate background for a woman's story which, in spite of improbable moments, is not without current and controversial interest. More coherent than her previous Homewood Borne (1950) and for an unquestionable feminine market.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin