Tricks and Traitors

Before beginning this post, I sat thinking about the word traitor. Was it like the word sailor, in which a sailor is one who sails? That would mean a traitor traits, which didn’t make any sense. So, I did what all good librarians do – I looked it up in the dictionary. It seems that traitor derives from the Latin verb tradere, which means “to betray”. The word tradition is a relative (interesting…). It seems that there’s always been someone willing to betray their traditions for the sake of their own wants or needs.


The Dark Eagle: The Story of Benedict Arnold by Clifford Lindsey Alderman

Fallen Founder: A Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg

Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Carton

The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History by Elaine Shannon and Ann Blackman

The Rosenberg File: A Search for the Truth by Ronald Radosh

My Life as a Spy: One of America’s Most Notorious Spies Finally Tells His Story by John A. Walker, Jr.

Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser

Countdown to Valkyrie: The July Plot to Assassinate Hitler by Nigel Jones

Traitors Among Us: Inside the Spy Catcher’s World by Stuart A. Herrington

Molehunt: The Secret Search for Traitors that Shattered the CIA by David Wise

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