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Informative study of Jane Fonda, and the law regarding treason
le 23 février 2012
I did not know what to expect when I bought this book, but it is very informative. The authors, the husband-and-wife team of Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer, were friends of novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand. And, like Rand, they didn't think the US should have been involved in the Vietnam war (neither do I), but also like her, they were appalled at actress/activist Jane Fonda's visits to North Vietnam that they felt were treasonous. In this book they; 1-detail Fonda's words and actions when she made several trips to North Vietnam in 1972; 2-explore whether under the US constitution, her actions could be considered treasonous and; 3-why the Nixon Administration did not act on this matter. By any standards, they conclude and prove that her actions in making broadcasts on behalf of the North Vietnamese could be giving aid and comfort to the enemy during wartime, citing other cases in American History. What is special about this book is the painstaking detail the authors go into. And, while they took from the best side of their friend and mentor, Ayn Rand, they did not take from her worst side. They learned from her ability to use reason and moral clarity to debunk an opponent's wrong-headed arguments and actions, but without getting into her trademark over-the-top rancour and moralizing. The subject matter is serious, but their treatment is light.