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British Traitors: Betrayal and Treachery in the Twentieth Century


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The fact that capital punishment remained as the sentence for high treason until as recently as 1998 demonstrates how seriously the crime of betraying your country is taken. But even against the background of that powerful deterrent, many still chose the path of treachery during the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century.

British Traitors follows the footsteps of Fascist traitors such as William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) and John Amery to the gallows, investigates what drove men such as Wilfred Macartney and John Herbert King to betray their country during the war to end all wars and delves into the web of espionage and subterfuge surrounding the Cambridge Spy Ring that gathered information for the Soviet Union from the 1930s until the early 1950s.

People commit treason for many reasons - adventure, reward, political philosophy or folly. British Traitors provides a fascinating look at the lives of those who chose to betray their country.

Paperback, 288 pages.
Measures 19.8 x 12.9 cm.