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An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James…

by Andro Linklater

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Received the book as part of LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway. A thorough, even exhaustive, biography of a treasonous "patriot", who believed "that the image of respectability excused the reality of betrayal." I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the significant events of the revolution and newly formed United States in which Wilkinson participated. Unfortunately, the details overwhelmed me about the time Wilkinson moved to Kentucky and, knowing his duplicity, I wasn't as interested in the remaining intricacies of his life.
  jonasreads | Sep 22, 2012 |
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A very entertaining look at a fascinating and missing chapter of American history. The other reviewers are right about the tediousness of it -- after a strong opening chapter, the writing failed to compel me to keep reading. A book best browsed through. Three stars for a great subject. ( )
  gwalklin | Nov 9, 2010 |
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There has to be an interesting story in there but too wordy for me. ( )
  cwflatt | Sep 12, 2010 |
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This was an interesting, but to me much too long, story of how James Wilkinson rose to become the commanding general of the United States army while simultaneously being an agent of Spain and involved in various conspiracies with Aaron Burr and others. ( )
  surly | May 28, 2010 |
The subject matter is interesting, and the story is presented in a coherent matter. But for some reason, I found reading the book almost an incredibly tedious chore. It's probably just that my reading tastes don't match this author. ( )
  tororojo | May 1, 2010 |
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A profile of the Continental Army general explores his career with the Spanish secret service, his protection by four presidents in spite of his treasonous acts, and his role in foiling Aaron Burr's conspiracy to break up the Union.

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