League of American Traitors by Matthew LandisThose who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . .
When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.
First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.
His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.
Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.
The Six Most Unforgettable Betrayals in History
How does history remember traitors? It depends on two factors. The first factor is the winner of the war. This factor determines whether the traitor is seen as hero or… well The second factor is who wrote the book. You won't find a history book in Britain recounting Benedict Arnold as a traitor.
Some do it for love, some do it for money or politics: these people sold out their countries, their comrades…even their own families…changing the course of history forever. Here is our list of Top 10 Traitors. The infamous Gunpowder plot was foiled by authorities who caught Fawkes before he could carry out his murderous intentions: he was apprehended due to his attire of cloak, boots and spurs, a suspicious costume designed to ensure a quick getaway. Fawkes and his colleagues worked hard at their plot, using a cellar under The House of Lords as their base, and hiding over pounds of explosives in the small space. Fawkes and his co-conspirators wished to loosen the influence of the Spanish kingdom on British affairs, feeling that they drained resources from England.
6. Benedict Arnold
Wikimedia Commons. There are a lot of hated people in military history and no one is more hated than a turncoat. Even the troops on a traitor's new side will never trust them entirely — after all, they turned their back on their own country for personal gain. How trustworthy can they be? This list details the most notorious, most gut-wrenching, most fatal backstabs in military history. These are direct betrayals of historical figures, in alphabetical order. There are no abstract judgment calls like naming Judas Iscariot , no political statements like calling out Nixon for extending the Vietnam War , and no traitors for good causes — Rommel tried to kill Hitler, but that's hardly "notorious.
Before and during World War 1, Redl worked as a spy for the Russian military and sold secrets about the Austrian army. Redl leaked the Austrian invasion plan for Serbia, which Russia in turn sold to Serbia. The results were catastrophic for the Austrian army: his actions contributed to the deaths of half a million Austrians. Redl committed suicide after Austrian police discovered his betrayal. Harold Cole was the deputy commander of Scotland Yard during the end of the World War 2 and is considered one of the worst traitors of the war. He was responsible for divulging information to the Gestapo about the French resistance escape lines, which he had helped create.
Rex Bray , Updated June 18, Since time immemorial, people have turned their backs on their companions and countries. These betrayals come in many different flavors. First, traitors have different motives, ranging from the altruistic to the totally selfish. Second, they have different intended consequences; while some are on the personal level, others may conspire to forfeit their nation to a foreign power for centuries to come. Finally, treason ranges from forgivable to the notoriously nefarious.