Books: They Chose Damnation

THE NEW MEANING OF TREASON by Rebecca Wesf. 374 pages. Viking. $6.95.

From her lofty eminence as one of the world's most celebrated woman authors, Dame Rebecca West has been passing chilly judgment on traitors for some years now. Her earlier book, The Meaning of Treason, which dealt mostly with Nazi traitors, has now been expanded to include more recent defectors to Communism: Klaus Fuchs, Burgess and McLean, the Rosenbergs; and she winds up with a few words on the madcap, if not strictly treasonous, doings of Christine Keeler and friends.

Seedy & Scientific. Good reporter that she is, Dame Rebecca has...

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