Fools, Martyrs, Traitors: The Story of Martyrdom in the Western World

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Human, dramatic stories, well told, with sympathetic insights."

--Kirkus Reviews

Anyone who would like to try to understand what justifies human beings in the possibly suicidal impulse that drives them to accept no compromise; to assert high moral principle in the face of accusations of idiocy, barbarism, ingratitude and mere treason; and finally to die for a cause can begin at no better place than 
Fools, Martyrs, Traitors.
Washington Post


Product Description

Fools and traitors to some, heroes to others, all the men and women who appear in this book have helped to shape one's definition of martyrdom. Lacey Baldwin Smith raises questions about their martydom, and attempts to bring the past to life.

About the Author

Lacey Baldwin Smith was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1922. Following graduate work at Princeton University, he went on to teach there and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northwestern University, where until his retirement he was Professor of History and Peter B. Ritzma Professor in the Humanities. He continues to teach at Northwestern in an emeritus capacity. Smith is the recipient of two Fulbright awards, two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous other awards, honors, and academic appointments, including membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the father of three grown children and lives with his wife in Wilmette, Illinois