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Political historian and commentator David Rothkopf shows how Trump will be judged by history (Spoiler alert: not well) in Traitor.

Donald Trump is unfit in almost every respect for the high office he holds. But what distinguishes him from every other bad leader the US has had is that he has repeatedly, egregiously, betrayed his country. 

Regardless of how Senate Republicans have let him off the hook, the facts available to the public show that Trump has met every necessary standard to define his behavior as traitorous. He has clearly broken faith with the people of the country he was chosen to lead, starting long before he took office, then throughout his time in the White House. And we may not yet have seen the last of his crimes. But the story we know so far is so outrageous and disturbing that it raises a question that has never before been presented in American history: Is the president of the United States the greatest threat this country faces in the world? 

We also need to understand how the country has historically viewed such crimes and how it has treated them in the past to place what has happened in perspective. After his examination of traitors including Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, and leaders of the Confederacy, David Rothkopf concludes that Donald Trump and his many abettors have committed the highest-level, greatest, most damaging betrayal in the history of the country.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Thomas Dunne Books

©2020 David Rothkopf (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • John Zajaros
  • 15-11-2020

Before and After November 3, 2020

I can guess why David Rothkopf launched Traitor when he did: the election was approaching, and he felt he could make a persuasive argument against a second term for Trump. I too believe that Donald J. Trump, Sr. is a traitor. It sickens me to think that such a vile and narcissistic man was able to con as many Americans as he has. It would be interesting to read an additional chapter, written after January 20, 2021. I have read almost everything written about Trump, and I have no doubt that there will be volumes upon volumes written in the years to come, analyzing every aspect of Trump’s rise and fall and of the etiology of Trumpism. I use etiology because, in my opinion, Trumpism is a disease, and we must understand its cause. Let us hope and pray that—four years from now—the point of further exploration and explanation is moot.

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  • Bill Lawrence
  • 18-11-2020

Spellbinding Masterpiece

A must read for those who believe in America's ability to survive adversity. Well done.

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  • Kathleen Mullis
  • 18-11-2020

Who knew it was a history?

I guess I never realized all the swamp-history in our fledgling democracy. As the author indicates though, our founders believed in something greater than themselves. I’m more interested in our political histories now than ever. Thanks.

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  • Tbone McCoy
  • 08-12-2020

"...and it's not just..."

I wanted to like this book. I won't return it but it was a disappointment. The narrator is monotone. The outline of the book is tedious though I get what the author was trying to do - brief the reader about the history of treason and traitors in American history. But it doesn't work. What's worse he uses a pattern of repeating Trump's transgressions one after another after another after another as well as reading the articles of impeachment ...in an audio format this is annoying, not dramatic. While the Trumps and autocrats are certainly the problem, maybe there is something to be said for the 40 million he says that support him. What does he recommend we do about them to change their mind? We can all fight the good fight and take it where it is but he doesn't address what we can do about those that follow Trumpism.

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  • Sam Thompson
  • 28-11-2020

Outstanding book

To Who It May Concern,
David has done a tremendous job of conveying historical facts of treasonous and nefarious deeds by historical figures, and very saliently relates them to Donald Trump. What makes this book stand out is his meticulous distillation of Trumps treasonous behavior, listing them in a clear, irrefutable order at the end of the book. The severity and massive volumes of his crimes against our society are laid bare in the voluminous list of transgressions. I can’t recommend it more highly.
Regards,
Sam Thompson

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  • Victoria Eriksson
  • 15-11-2020

Rothkopf's'Traitor'is a masterpiece

This is one of the best nonfiction I've read all year, and I read a ton of nonfiction. Rothkopf's take on the toxicity of Trump and Trumpism is unique and brilliant. Incorporates vital historical throughlines from American history which truly put in perspective the extent of the wrongs committed by Trump and his collaborators, in the US and foreign countries including Russia. Rothkopf's an expert in several areas of politics and policy, including international relations, so he's very much equipped to provide valuable perspective. Trump is proved to be what the author and I, as well as most readers, I'd bet, assert is so: Trump is a traitor, and he's committed the worst and widest array of treasonous conduct against the USA seen in American history. He tells the story of betrayals starting during the campaign, continuing through this day with countless reliable sources really eloquently. Every American should recognize this, but sadly they don't. 75 million Americans apparently cannot recognize that Trump is the least patriotic American ever and betrays and harms our country to our enemies benefit EVERY DAY. As a result of this horrifying reality, everyone should read this book.

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  • Charles E. Staples
  • 15-01-2021

This is rich in history including correction to it

I love the willingness to show the truth letting us know to stay strong.

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  • T. D. Howell
  • 01-01-2021

boiling things down distinguishing traitor Trump

The ending was powerful. It listed different actions committed by Trump that were individually treasonous. Great for conversations with people who are confused.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2020

Good historical perspective

I thought the history of treachery and betrayal throughout the history of our government since it’s inception quite interesting. The only flaw I would find in the book is that the narration was rather dry.

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  • leroy fykes
  • 02-11-2020

Excellent summary of the Trump years

Mesmerizing, accurate and fully thought out.A great read to fully understand what the Trump administration has meant to this country and the ever lasting damage that needs to begin mending with his defeat.
It sends a chill down my spine at the prospect that he might win given all of the harm that he has done to this country.

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