Tuesday 14 July 2015

Book Review: The Traitor and the Spy by James Thomas Flexner

Title: The Traitor and the Spy
Author: James Thomas Flexner
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: 1991 (1975)
Pages: 453
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction / History
Source: Bought Copy
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An account of the "traitorous trio" who almost toppled the American nation at its birth. Benedict Arnold offered to sell his soldiers, with the key fortress of West Point, and to deliver to the enemy, dead or alive, George Washington. The plot promised to destroy the American battle of freedom. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Traitor and the Spy is an excellent non-fiction piece about Arnold and André. Clearly well-researched, it refutes some of the erroneous claims made about the two men over the years and the prose is highly readable and never feels stodgy. The included images add to the text, and overall I found this book both informative and delightful.

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