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The New Meaning of Treason

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West’s gripping work of journalismâ��now available as an ebook

The bestselling chronicle of England’s World War II traitors, expanded and updated for the Cold War era

In The Meaning of Treason, Rebecca West tackled not only the history and facts behind the spate of World War II traitors, but the overriding social forces at work to challenge man’s connection to his fa
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Published March 5th 1985 by Penguin Books (first published 1945)
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Feliks
Nov 07, 2014 Feliks rated it really liked it
The number of women nonfiction authors represented on my bookshelves are scant; but this doesn't reflect the high esteem I hold for their general ability to excel in this field. Indeed several nonfiction milestones (in my view) issue from the pens of women authoresses. Joan Didion on culture, for example, or Rachel Carson on the environment. Barbara W. Tuchman, writing on WWI. Elizabeth Eisenstein, for European history.

Lately--I would definitely say--Rebecca West will be added to these elite ra
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Mar 28, 2015 David Lowther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca West's book is a very thorough examination of what treason is, how it affects the traitor and those whom he or she betrays.
The author uses a number of case studies, too numerous to be listed here, to demonstrate the shadowy unstable world of the traitor and those who pursue him. Each of her examples are fascinating but none more so that William Joyce and George Blake. Joyce, the wartime German propagandist whose broadcasts from enemy cities earned him the nickname of 'Lord Haw Haw' was
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The review I started writing somewhere around page 90, as I contemplated dropping this non-fiction book, read: a tedious third party description of how events and people were misread, the strength of class boundaries, and every formative event in the life of the main character, William Joyce, which lead his to commit treason. This is doubly tedious because at the very beginning of the story he is hung for treason. More appreciation for the story might be possible for those with a background in E ...more
Christopher Skinner
Jul 13, 2007 Christopher Skinner rated it it was amazing
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I find West to be one of the best stylists of the mid-20th century, so I always enjoy reader her prose.

This book deals with the concept of 'treason' in the modern age, specifically in the context of the Cold War. What is treason, when a single reproduced microfilmed document can lead to mass, perhaps global slaughter? Can selling such a document be considered, in the classical sense, an act of treason, especially when the transaction is one done simply for economic gain on the part of the seller
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Cicely Isabel Fairfield, known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, DBE was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of the twentieth century. She reviewed books for The Times, the New York Herald Tribune ...more
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