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The Traitors

A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit

Josh Ireland



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John Murray
11 July 2017
History; Second World War; Political subversion
THE TRAITORS is a bold and gripping work that tells of British treachery during WWII through the prism of the lives of four men: the chaotic, tragic John Amery; the idealistic but hate-filled William Joyce; the cynical, murderous conman Harold Cole; and Eric Pleasants, an iron-willed former wrestler and circus strongman, and pacifist.

By the end of the Second World War, each of these men will have betrayed their country. THE TRAITORS is the story of how they came to do so.
By:   Josh Ireland
Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 183mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   436g
ISBN:   9781473620339
ISBN 10:   1473620333
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   11 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Traitors: A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit

A well-written and very readable account of these four unappealing characters . . . this is a tough subject to get to grips with. Ireland's book is a very worthy effort * Literary Review * A well-written and very readable account of these four unappealing characters . . . a very worthy effort * Times Literary Supplement * Absorbing . . . Josh Ireland organises this testament of treachery with vim and purpose . . . he skewers his subjects with a piercing revulsion * Mail on Sunday * Ireland's book gives a good flavour of the personality defects that caused men to betray their country . . . Ireland tells their stories entertainingly, and examines their motives without prejudice * Daily Telegraph * [Ireland] comments intelligently on their motives and describes enough of their worlds and views to give us essential context * The Spectator * In this clever, racy book [Josh Ireland] tells the stories of four British citizens who served Nazi Germany . . . full of energy and stylish phrase-making * The Times * Startlingly vivid . . . unmistakably a book of our times * Prospect Magazine * Josh Ireland's achievement is to tell the story of some of Britain's most inglorious, notorious and vainglorous characters in the most glorious and elegant way. He provides a warning for our times from this true story, painting the most vivid of pictures with the sharpest of novelist's pens * John Bew * A terrific read that is lucid, insightful and beautifully written. Josh Ireland's masterful prose breathes life into these complex, deceitful, yet profoundly fascinating traitors. Set against a backdrop of violent extremism and political failure, The Traitors rings a loud warning bell from history * Giles Milton * An epic tale of love, dishonour, bravery, cowardice, betrayal and high-treason. Beautifully written. A stunning debut * Damien Lewis *

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