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Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,127 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
“Liberals’ loyalty to the United States is off-limits as a subject of political debate. Why is the relative patriotism of the two parties the only issue that is out of bounds for rational discussion?”

In a stunning follow-up to her number one bestseller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, fro
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Crown Forum (first published June 24th 2003)
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Hugh Henry
Oct 19, 2007 Hugh Henry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Conservative historian
Shelves: political
Coulter's most historically-focussed work, this volume details a new perspective on the Cold War, especially Senator Joe McCarthy. The Venona project revealed that nearly all of the people McCarthy questioned were not only sympathizers with the Communist Party, but were actual agents of the KGB. To this day, few historians have factored the Venona Project into consideration when examining/smearing McCarthy unreservedly.
David
Jul 27, 2007 David rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I checked this out to find out if she was really as hateful as her reputation.

It didn't take long.
John
Apr 23, 2007 John rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Coulter wants to be inflammatory, outrageous, and get her team riled and ready to fight. It is difficult to find her insulting when she never has anything valuable to say. It's a pity that so much education has been wasted on her and so many years of women struggling to be heard and taken seriously are tainted by loud mouthed, igorami like Coulter. A lot of hardship would do her good. We'd cut down the global warming effect by reducing greenhouse gasses if people like Coulter, O'Reilly, Gingrich ...more
Joe
Jun 24, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it
Excellent weekend read with great information about the 'red scare' that many people do not know. I was surprised how much of the book is based not only in this time period but in documented fact concerning the red scare of the late 1940s and 1950s. An excellent read, especially for those educated in public schools.
Kay
Nov 26, 2009 Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: policial-crap
Before I begin I want to say I bought this book [the hard book no less:] for $2.70. I know I could have purchased a candy bar or better yet had two spins on a 25 cent quarter video poker machine! I am not a fan of Ann Coulter and almost dislike the far right conservatives almost as much as the far left liberals [well maybe not almost but I can't stand listening to the filth of either side:]. Both sides see everything as black/white or right and wrong. Most everyone I know [whether they call them ...more
Kris
Jan 02, 2009 Kris rated it did not like it
I started laughing at Coulter's ability to be a full-blown, conservative, Neo-Nazi quack. But then it just got boring. There's only so much nonsense an intelligent mind can take, ya know?
Tim Painter
Feb 12, 2008 Tim Painter rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-events
Ann Coulter has a singular wit and razor sharp tongue. Chronicles some of the actions taken by politicians that are destroying this nation.
Steve Mitchell
May 07, 2013 Steve Mitchell rated it did not like it
Reading Ann Coulter's books is my little guilty secret. My political loyalties are diametrically opposed to those of Coulter but I do have to concede the point when she puts the record straight about Senator McCarthy. That said, I really do not see why Hollywood screenwriters were blacklisted. I also have to accept that Ronald Reagan and his policies were really responsible in ending the Cold War. However, Reagan's policies were a big gamble that may have resulted in a conventional invasion of w ...more
Keri
Jun 26, 2008 Keri rated it did not like it
Shelves: utter-crap
Jon gave me this book as a gag gift for either my birthday or Xmas one year (I can't remember which). I tried to read it with an open mind, I really did, but Gott in Himmel this woman is PSYCHOTIC. I mean really... Nixon was the greatest president the U.S. has ever had? Does anyone in their right mind really believe that?

Aside from all of the historical and factual inaccuracies (this was written by the woman who thinks Canada sent troops to Vietnam, after all), there is also the matter of the ch
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Timbeaux
Jun 05, 2013 Timbeaux rated it did not like it
"Because you need me, Springfield. Your guilty conscience may move you to vote Democratic, but deep down you long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king."

- Sideshow Bob, The Simpsons

To paraphrase Jon Stewart: of course, Democrats have to prove that they love America because they're Democrats. Unlike Republicans, who love America, they just hate half the people living here!

I hate to admit that I read this book. I think better of myself. I belie
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Kirsten
Dec 05, 2008 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
As an ex liberal I had to keep fact-checking Coulter. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Much to my chagrin, she checked out every time. Quite an eye opener!
Dan
Mar 06, 2008 Dan rated it did not like it
Recommended to Dan by: the libral media
i would have given it zero stars, but then it would just look like i didn't bother giving it a rating. can i give it less than one star?
John
Nov 08, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated
One of Ann's best. She gives a great breakdown of the HUAC and McCarthy trials and substantiates that the media and currently history distorts these facts and that in fact the State department and many other high levels of government during the 1930's through the 1950's was infiltrated with American spies working for the Soviets. Amazing how Great Britain accurately reports the exploits of the Cambridge spies and the damage done to MI5 during the Cold War and the US blames the messenger and gets ...more
Dan
Jan 09, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
This book tells the a history of how the liberals (mainly demomcrats) in our great country (USA) have literally sold us out by being soft on communism and terrorism. If what the author is saying is true and her infomation/facts are correct, our liberal leaders have cost us many wars such as Vietnam, many lives and world scorn due to wishy washy liberal politics. If we would get tough as Reagan was on the cold war (which we did win) the world would have fewer murderous dictators like Stalin, Hitl ...more
Lisa
Mar 23, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
As I look at the reviews of others, I see people either hated this book or loved it. After reading the reviews of several of those that hated the book, I have to wonder if they really read the book. They don't seem to have much of substance to say.
As I read this book, I was taken aback as I considered all that I had been taught in the public school system. Once again Coulter lays out her evidence in a systematic and logical fashion. This book is well worth reading and considering. I do think i
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Grace
Feb 07, 2008 Grace marked it as book-club-reads
Hated it!
Cliff
Feb 24, 2010 Cliff rated it really liked it
Ann Coulter isn't frequently taken seriously by either conservatives or liberals. Her other books are basically political comedy: she makes witty (hilarious, even) observations about those on the opposite end of the political spectrum, she entertains with wild, exaggerated (and again, hilarious) personal opinions about policies, and generally tries to shock readers and sensationalize.

However, Treason is an exceptionally well-researched, fact-filled book about the oft-misunderstood Senator Joe Mc
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Doran Barton
Jul 20, 2008 Doran Barton rated it really liked it

I finished reading another “right-wing conspiracy nut” book. This time it’s Treason by Ann Coulter.

After reading Useful Idiots by Mona Charen, I initially found Coulter’s book to be a lot more off-the-cuff and sardonic.

Coulter loves to mock liberals and she does a great job of setting up the figurative bowling pins of historical facts and knocks them down again and and again.

Treason spends a good deal of time in the 1940s and 50s examining the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and th
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John Guzzardo
Jan 11, 2015 John Guzzardo rated it liked it
Having read a lot of political books, this book doesn't exactly rise to the top of favorite list for a variety of reasons. While Coulter's writing style is good, and her grasp of the language solid, this book is chock full of preconceived notions (too many to list, actually). That said, she does hit the nail on the head with a few things historically speaking. Specifically, her grasp of the whole Alger Hiss affair is solid, but how she twists to suit her own notions and opinions takes editorial ...more
Frank Klus
Nov 17, 2015 Frank Klus rated it did not like it
This book is long on outrage and short on facts. Ann Coulter is both entertaining and outrageous which always makes her fascinating. Her theory seems to be that if any compromise needs to be made then it is treasonous. The prime example was her accusation that President Kennedy acted with treason during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963. While most of the country saw his actions as heroic Ann Coulter saw it as treasonous because Kennedy agreed to take out Jupiter missiles in Turkey in exchange fo ...more
Lacey
Oct 29, 2009 Lacey rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read! I laughed the whole way through. Her writing is witty and charismatic, as though you were talking with her face to face. She takes topics and circumstances that we all have at least heard of and digs a little deeper into what really happened. She explores how society looks back on the Cold War, its causes, and the misrepresentations modern media and schoolrooms teach us. All of her facts and figures are available on the public record for anyone to look up. I was thorou ...more
Sheila
Jul 11, 2009 Sheila rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: noooooo!
Recommended to Sheila by: book club book
Ann makes Republicans look really bad. I read this with the hopes that I would learn something about what goes on in the mind of a Republican when I am surrounded by liberals and Democrats (such dirty words!) and found her to be completely a waste of time. She is nuts. Her points are nuts and unfounded. She starts off with remarks about "McCarthyism" as the blasphemous accusation spewed today. And I'm thinking she is talking to the wrong generation. I haven't heard anyone yell "McCarthyism" ever ...more
Paul Field
Jul 25, 2014 Paul Field rated it did not like it
Pure drivel from an ideologue who lacks any credibility beyond the echo chamber she inhabits. Coulter blithely revises history to fit her thesis, which boils down to the infantile, "Liberals bad, Conservatives good." This is essentially talk radio in book form and its most ambitious undertaking might be to prove that those who embrace these simplistic views, can actually read. Overall, this would be guilty comedy except for the real damage extremist views wreak on our society.
Manuel B
Traitors! Traitors!

Ann Coulter takes on history and exposes the modern historical distortions that have created mainly by liberals. It seems that in every way, liberals are incapable and incompetent in detecting and stopping America's enemies.

Perhaps the greatest lie that is propagated is that McCarthy was an incompetent fool who never caught a communist. Ann Coulter attacks the myth of McCarthyism for what it is. A distraction that Cold War liberals made to halt questions about their patriotis
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Travis
May 03, 2008 Travis rated it did not like it
Shelves: that-crazy-woman
Everything wrong with America is the fault of liberals and if we could only get rid of them what a happy sunshiny place it would be.

There, I just saved you two hours.

And can somebody explain to me why Ann wears that same dress all the time. Is she like Charlie Brown and her closet has just a dozen of the same outfit?


Kay Mercuro
Sep 11, 2014 Kay Mercuro rated it really liked it
Eye opening about the cover up of Communist in high government offices during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations and doing an effective job in trashing Senator Joseph McCarthy. A more extensive factual history can be read entitled "Blacklisted by History", authored by M Stanton Evans.
Foxglove
Mar 12, 2014 Foxglove rated it did not like it
Horrible, shrill and completely out of touch with reality. It's a shock jock book.
Jarrod Jenkins
Jan 12, 2013 Jarrod Jenkins rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Coulter’s thesis in Treason is that Democrats have committed treason against the United States by giving aid and comfort to our enemies since at least the end of WW2. Democrats bad, Republicans good. She describes the extensive network of Soviet spies who occupied high political offices, the Democratic politicians who appointed and defended them, and the Republican attempt to oust them spearheaded by Senator Joseph McCarthy. She then turns to later conflicts in which Democrats supposedly undermi ...more
Kip Williams
Mar 04, 2008 Kip Williams rated it did not like it
This book marks a distinct fork in the road and I can say i knew I was completely alienated from my oldest and dearest friend when he sent me this inflammatory screed in an attempt to "get us on the same page". Someone mentioned "well researched" in reference to Ms. C's work? Take me to the library where this "Liberals have a preternatural gift for striking a position on the side of treason." would be a documented fact and I'll buy you cheap beer until they turn up the TV for the NASCAR race, in ...more
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Ann Coulter is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers — Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America (January 2009);If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans (October, 2007); Godless: The Church of Liberalism (June 2006); How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)(October, 2004); Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism (June 2003); Slander: Liberal ...more
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“Already liberals are trying to rewrite the history of the Cold War to remove Reagan from its core, to make him a doddering B-movie actor who happened to be standing there when the Soviet Union imploded. They have the media, the universities, the textbooks. We have ourselves. We are the witnesses. ” 9 likes
“Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America’s self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant” 3 likes
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