From Publishers Weekly
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Anyone with a taste for charming, talented, complex, troubled, duplicitous and needy historical figures will savor this book....Linklater (Measuring America) skillfully captures this sociopathic rogue who, for all his defects, still commands attention from everyone trying to understand the 50 years after 1775. His charisma reaches across two centuries to perplex and fascinate any reader of this fast-paced and fully researched work. (Publishers Weekly)
[A] gripping biography. (Boston Globe)
The central core of any sociopath's dark inner soul - be it an Adolf Hitler, a John DeLorean or a Bernard Madoff - is the desire to risk disaster, disgrace and punishment in the hopes of finding some final forgiveness. This is what makes them so dangerous, for in their wild thrashing about between the rush of taking the gamble and the frenzy of evasion, any bystander can become collateral damage. This tale of how the most powerful American general of his day almost destroyed the infant Republic is a real psychological thriller. (The Washington Times)
This fascinating and richly detailed book is a useful resource for studying America's early struggles with internal interference and external opposition. (Library Journal)
Andro Linklater combed Spanish, British and American records to tell this complex story in fascinating…detail. (Carl Hartman, Associated Press)
The historian Frederick Jackson Turner called Wilkinson "the most consummate artist in treason the nation has ever possessed," and historian Linklater (The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity, 2007, etc.) builds a strong case that he deserved that title... A well-wrought study of far-reaching treachery in the early years of the United States. (Kirkus Reviews)