Synopses & 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, 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.
"[Coulter] not only lionizes [Senator Joe McCarthy], whose name is synonymous with demagogue, but with a vengeance also adopts his methods and pursues his partisan purposes. She sneers, she smears, she indicts by falsehood and distortion and she frankly expresses her desire to destroy any political party or person that resists Republican conservatism....Treason
displays many of the same mental habits as did Slander
: the obsession with 'manly' men, the disparagement of women as weak-willed and whorish, the disturbed attraction to images of violence....So replete is Treason
with falsehoods and distortions, as well as so much plain bullshit, that it may well create a cottage industry of corrective fact-checking, just as Slander
did last year....In Coulter's beloved country there is no place for debate, only conformity. And in Treason
there is no space for the complicated, mundane reality of American political life. Conservatives good, liberals bad, is her shrieking mantra. She knows what her audience will buy and that most of them aren't bright enough to notice the contradictions." Joe Conason, Salon.com
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"With her new book...Ann Coulter has driven the national discourse to a new low....Coulter's case relies in large part on irrational rhetoric and pervasive factual errors and deceptions. Regardless of your opinions about Democrats, liberals or the left, her work should not be taken at face value." Brendan Nyhan, Spinsanity.com
"The result is a strangely lopsided book, which spends a lot of time going over ground the Venona transcripts, Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs that has been well covered in recent years and asserting, for the umpteenth time, the guilt of people whom few liberals today would try to defend."
"The book is a hoot. It is also good news for liberals. It suggests that the right, at least the hard right, has finally dumbed out. This is the predictable cycle for all movements. They start with a genuine grievance and proceed from there to the totally ridiculous." Richard Cohen, Washinton Post
"[B]y making huge and sweeping generalizations about all liberals, Coulter undermines her own arguments and comes close to making them meaningless. If you condemn good and bad liberals alike, how can you be trusted to make any moral distinctions of any kind?" Andrew Sullivan, Sunday Times of London
Liberal Treachery from the Cold War on Terrorism.
About the Author
Ann Coulter is an attorney and legal affairs correspondent. Her first book, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York and Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
1. Fifty Years of Treason
2. Alger Hiss, Liberal Darling
3. No Communists Here!
4. The Indispensable Joe McCarthy
5. Victims of McCarthyism The Liberals Mayflower
6. But Were There Communists in the State Department?
7. Vietnam: Oh, How They Miss Saigon
8. How Truman Won the Cold War During the Reagan Administration
9. Liberals in Love: Mash Notes to the Kremlin
10. Cold War Epitaph: The Hiss Affair at the End of the Cold War
11. Neville Chamberlain Had His Reasons, Too: Trembling in the Shadow of Brie
12. North Korea Another Opportunity for Surrender
13. Celebrity Traitors: "Now that Im Sober I Watch a Lot of News"
14. Modern McCarthyism: This Is What It Meant in the Fifties, Too
Conclusion: Why They Hate Us