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On Treason: A Citizen's Guide to the Law

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A concise, accessible, and engaging guide to the crime of treason, written by the nation’s foremost expert on the subject
Treason—the only crime specifically defined in the United States Constitution—is routinely described by judges as more heinous than murder. Today, the term is regularly tossed around by politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle. But, as accusations of treason flood the news cycle, it is not always clear what the crime truly is, or when it should be prosecuted. 
Carlton F. W. Larson, a scholar of constitutional law and legal history, takes us on a journey to understand the many subtleties of the Constitution’s definition of treason. With examples ranging from the medieval English Parliament to the accusations against Edward Snowden and Donald Trump, Larson brings to life not only the most notorious accused traitors, such as Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, and World War II’s “Tokyo Rose,” but also lesser-known figures, such as Hipolito Salazar, the only person ever executed by the federal government for treason, and Walter Allen, a labor union leader convicted of treason against the state of West Virginia in the early 1920s. 
Grounded in over two decades of research, On Treason is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to understand the role of treason law in our constitutional democracy. With this brisk, clear look at the law’s history and meaning, Larson explains who is actually guilty and when—and readers won’t need a law degree to understand why.

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ISBN-13: 9780062996169
ISBN-10: 0062996169
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 140 x 210 x 26 mm
Greutate: 0.39 kg
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"There have always been traitors in our midst, real and imagined. From Benedict Arnold to Aaron Burr to today's late-night Twitter rants, the history of treason has been the history of America's most perilous moments. At the intersection of law and lore, On Treason brings to life the thrilling stories of the patriots and poltroons who have grappled with the sin of all sins in American life." 
"With clarity and grace, Carlton Larson reminds us that treason is a legal concept with an important history from the Revolution through the War on Terror.  Engaging, elegant, and refreshingly sane, On Treason dares to suggest that the crime’s narrow contours and difficult evidentiary hurdles enhance our democracy.  Our political opponents are almost certainly not traitors—Larson delivers this hard truth, which offers a first step to a more perfect Union."
“Carlton Larson has pulled off a small miracle, writing a terrific and timely book that is both informative and a joy to read. He explains the law of treason in crystal-clear prose. And he brings the law to life with vivid and fascinating stories of America's most notorious traitors.  On Treason is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what treason means—and doesn't mean—in this fraught political moment.”
“In these hyperpartisan, polarized times, as charges of treason fly thick and fast, it’s essential to remember how the Framers of our Constitution defined that crime—and why. This indispensable book brings much-needed clarity to the subject and reaffirms a fundamental truth of our constitutional design: there is such a thing as the loyal opposition.”