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Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism Hardcover – June 24, 2003


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?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, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today?s war on terrorism. ?Liberals have a preternatural gift for always striking a position on the side of treason,? says Coulter. ?Everyone says liberals love America, too. No, they don?t.? From Truman to Kennedy to Carter to Clinton, America has contained, appeased, and retreated, often sacrificing America?s best interests and security. With the fate of the world in the balance, liberals should leave the defense of the nation to conservatives.

Reexamining the sixty-year history of the Cold War and beyond?including the career of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Whittaker Chambers?Alger Hiss affair, Ronald Reagan?s challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev to ?tear down this wall,? the Gulf War, and our present war on terrorism?Coulter reveals how liberals have been horribly wrong in all their political analyses and policy prescriptions. McCarthy, exonerated by the Venona Papers if not before, was basically right about Soviet agents working for the U.S. government. Hiss turned out to be a high-ranking Soviet spy (who consulted Roosevelt at Yalta). Reagan, ridiculed throughout his presidency, ended up winning the Cold War. And George W. Bush, also an object of ridicule, has performed exceptionally in responding to America?s newest threats at home and abroad.

Coulter, who in Slander exposed a liberal bias in today?s media, also examines how history, especially in the latter half of the twentieth century, has been written by liberals and, therefore, distorted by their perspective. Far from being irrelevant today, her clearheaded and piercing view of what we?ve been through informs us perfectly for challenges today and in the future.

With Slander, Ann Coulter became the most recognized and talked-about conservative intellectual of the year. Treason, in many ways an even more controversial and prescient book, will ignite impassioned political debate at one of the most crucial moments in our history.

About the Author

Ann Coulter’s books Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right and High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton were New York Times bestsellers. Look for her latest book, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), available from Crown Forum. Read Ann Coulter’s column and contact her at www.anncoulter.com.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; 1 edition (June 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400050308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400050307
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,003 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ANN COULTER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Godless, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Treason, Slander, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors. She is the legal correspondent for Human Events and a syndicated columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. You can read her weekly column on her website, www.anncoulter.com.

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70 of 85 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on August 20, 2007
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Ann put together much information that has been buried or distorted. I've come across much of this same info in my history research but of course the media doesn't make a big deal out of it. What are they going to do, admit that not only were they wrong but that they were serial liars for over 40 years?

If you only read one conservative book this year make it this one.
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121 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Ralph B. Asher on October 30, 2005
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I was one of those brainwashed into thinking joe McCarthy was the problem instead of the solution and will now read the Evona Project and the other scholarly book recommended by Ann in this book. She is so clear and documents everything so well - unlike so many today who make up facts to support their premise. I don't always like her analogies - "... by Truman would be like appointing Bin Laden to secretary of state ..." type things - but her writing style is really fun. This particular book clarifies so many things that were confusing to me in my early years and I purchased copies for three friends. It is very important to see just what so many in America are doing today to undermine this great country. It is especially important for the liberals to read this book so that they can redirect their efforts so as to still accomplish their exalted aims without causing so much harm. This book really is a must read - especially by the media moguls who are causing so much harm with their "America is always wrong" reporting.
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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Francis W. Porretto on June 29, 2003
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Ann Coulter's book Treason, the most important political book in the past half-century, is now available. It should be required reading for every American. Yes, I'm perfectly serious.
Treason addresses the extraordinary contrast the Left's approach to national security makes with that of the Right. The first hundred twenty pages of the book are given to a shattering re-examination of the life and work of the most maligned figure in modern American politics: Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. As was Slander, it's meticulously footnoted -- and all the references appear to check out perfectly.
There are folks who dislike Coulter's take-no-prisoners style. "Of tastes there is nothing written," say the sages. There are folks who think no one would pay her any attention if she weren't a tall, beautiful blonde. Nearly all of these are her ideological adversaries. There are folks who think her willingness to say precisely what she thinks is somehow shameful, a detriment to the American political dialogue. These persons, who've dispensed a lot of slander at conservatives in their day, have a funny idea of the dictates of gentility.
Ann Coulter has been called virtually every vicious name in the book for her opinions and her unabashed presentations thereof. I don't agree with all of her positions, but I admire her tremendously for her courage. When one makes one's living by the written word, to express oneself as she's done requires quite a lot of courage. As has been pointed out by many observers of the punditry scene, including Coulter herself, it's not conservative authors who rake in the big bucks for their work -- despite their enormous differential popularity among persons who buy nonfiction books.
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66 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Christian Buckley on January 6, 2005
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I seem to be reading her books in backward order, beginning with "How to Talk to a Liberal" which actually makes sense, since its a compilation of articles (some previsouly unpublished) from the past several years.

As for Treason, Coulter has once again shown how easy it is to anger the Left by simply revealing the truth. Personally, I am sick of the spin from both sides of the aisle, and appreciate facts backed up by proof. That's exactly what Coulter delivers in this book. If you disagree, go look up the source material. Coulter meticulously covers all of the bases, sometimes even providing the exact search terminology she uses on LexisNexis so the Doubting Thomases of the world can go do some homework.

As I read her books, I can hear her voice -- and picture her shredding through Liberals one after another, and usually with their own words come back to haunt them.

6 stars out of 5.
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75 of 93 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on November 11, 2004
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Ann Coulter's thesis in this book is pretty straightforward: left-liberal Democrats have been on the wrong side of every single policy issue, domestic and foreign, without exception, for at least the past sixty years. And she backs up her claim.

It's not that she thinks conservatives are never wrong. But their errors really are _errors_. Over on the Left, they're not just wrong; they're culpably, morally, treasonously wrong. She's had enough noise about their alleged good intentions; their pattern of both opinion and behavior, she contends, is nothing short of sedition.

This subject -- i.e., the claim that left-liberals are traitors to the Republic -- is of course not one that lends itself to a huggy-squeezy let's-all-just-get-along approach. Liberals may find her a bit hard on the ticker; to borrow a phrase from Douglas Adams, Coulter is not above polemic, sarcasm, and invective the way the ocean is not above the sky. But her polemic is backed by facts and her targets deserve what they get.

Her overall approach is to correct the rewriting recent history has undergone at the hands of the terminally pusillanimous. The history she un-rewrites includes, notably, Senator Joe McCarthy and President Ronald Reagan.

In a series of incisive chapters, Coulter sets the record straight about 'McCarthyism' point by point. She reminds us of just what, exactly, Sen. McCarthy was on about (and when; of course, as the 'Sen.' indicates, he wasn't involved in the _House_ Un-American Activities Committee), and points out (to anyone who missed the news ten years ago when the results of the Army's Venona Project became public) that there were, unquestionably, hundreds of Soviet spies in highly-placed positions in the U.S. government.
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