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

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  2,257 Ratings  ·  137 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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Manny
Jan 10, 2017 Manny rated it did not like it
[Original review, Nov 5 2016]

Donald Trump says he's going to "make America great again" and denounces his opponents as wanting to destroy the country, but his arguments are so vague, inconsistent and lacking in detail that I'm afraid I can't even understand them. Ann Coulter, who has been one of Trump's most vocal supporters during the current election, at least writes book-length defenses of the positions she's taking. It occurred to me today that I might gain some insight by examining what she
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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
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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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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
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?
Grace
Feb 07, 2008 Grace marked it as book-club-reads
Hated it!
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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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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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
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
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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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
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.
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.
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
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.
Benjamin Page
Nov 05, 2016 Benjamin Page rated it liked it
I gave this three stars only because it did not entertain me as much as Coulter's other more recent books. Though I read some things I already knew, I learned a lot, but at some places it felt a little belabored. Not that it isn't good to be thorough. I especially liked the conclusion though, and I do understand that to be that audacious, you do need to provide ample evidence. The book may be pissing in the wind in today's political climate though, where no one listens to the truth anymore, and ...more
Paul
Oct 21, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
Coulter presents strong evidence that all the things we hate about Joe McCarthy are lies. The rest of the book is a narrative on how she views Republican foreign policy as more successful.
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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. ” 10 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” 5 likes
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