Magazine June 20, 2011, Issue

The Turncoats

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Treason of the Heart: From Thomas Paine to Kim Philby, by David Pryce-Jones (Encounter, 224 pp., $23.95)

How much do you have to despise your own country in order to betray it? And — more important — why are so many so eager to do it? That’s the question posed by David Pryce-Jones in his scintillating new book Treason of the Heart, a brisk trot through the pages of British history offering a rogues’ gallery of rotters from Tom Paine to Lord Byron to Houston Stewart Chamberlain to Blunt, Burgess, Maclean, and Philby. To a certain class of Englishman and -woman, it seems, any place they hang their hat is home, as long as it’s not in

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.

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