Treason of the Heart: From Thomas Paine to Kim Philby
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Treason of the Heart: From Thomas Paine to Kim Philby

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Treason of the Heart is an account of British people who took up foreign causes. Not mercenaries, then, but ideologues. Almost all were what today we would call radicals or activists, who thought they knew better than whichever bunch of backward or oppressed people it was that they had come to save. Usually they were applying to others what they saw as the benefits of thei...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Encounter Books (first published May 3rd 2011)
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Martin Whatwouldthefoundersthink
A Treason of the Heart is an incredibly depressing book, the equivalent of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities. Both books share the distinction of featuring characters with little, if any, redeeming value. At least Wolfe’s book is fiction. It is about British people who have taken up foreign causes – often in direct conflict with their own country.

It is an interesting book, but it isn’t a lot of fun to read.

You can find my complete review here
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