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Treason of the heart : from Thomas Paine to Kim Philby

Author: David Pryce-Jones
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American editionView all editions and formats
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"This title examines British elites who betrayed their country, believing they knew better than those they were to 'save'. Treason of the Heart is an account of British people who took up foreign causes. Not mercenaries, then, but ideologues. Almost all were what today we would call radicals or activists, who thought they knew better than whichever bunch of backward or oppressed people it was that they had come to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Pryce-Jones
ISBN: 9781594035289 1594035288
OCLC Number: 654312387
Description: 258 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The revolution of the world --
The mighty projects of the times --
"The god of my idolatry" --
"We are all Greeks" --
That sound that crashes in the tyrant's ear --
Imperishable and international poetry --
Pasha Inglesi --
"Those poor Armenians" --
"To heal this ancient nation" --
"Every Englishman's idea of nature's gentleman" --
Germany calling --
There are many wicked men in the world.
Responsibility: David Pryce-Jones.

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