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Tim Trott, Author



Tim Trott has always had a love for writing and teaching.  ast forward to 2016, when his fascination with drones led to purchase of a DJI Phantom 2, and writing about the experience in The Droner’s Guide, which was replaced by FAA Remote Pilot Study Guide a year later, and expanded to online training at TheDroneProfessor.com.  

Still on the aviation theme, Tim wrote about Kirby Grant, the star of the 1950’s television series, “Sky King” in Out of the Blue.  Tim became acquainted with Kirby through a mutual friend when the Grant family moved to Central Florida in 1971.

Tim is also involved with hosting and designing web sites, and has used that experience to write Guarding Against Online Identity Theft, with a Spanish translation, in 2022.  Now retired and living on Florida’s East Coast, and still staying with the non-fiction trend, T is for Treason traces the history of that topic from Benedict Arnold to the present day.

The Application and Misapplication of the Charge of Treason Against the Tapestry of History.

You probably think you have a pretty good idea of what treason is. That idea is probably wrong. We may think we know what treason is, but as laws are written, they are most often redefined and modified through revisions and court cases. The Washington Post
describes the current social media landscape “littered” with accusations of treason. Politicians and others in the press often make accusations of treason. There is a long list of historic examples.

Author Tim Trott is a masterful storyteller, weaving compelling tales from several historical threads to create a compelling tapestry.

Inside this book, you’ll find several stories that you may THINK you know, only to discover that you did not know some of the details or the more sordid elements. You may also find stories of treason that you have never heard before.


A brief overview of the history of treason in America

The real story of Benedict Arnold

What Richard Nixon was up to before his election

The story behind the story of Ronald Reagan

How George W. Bush became a “War President”

Donald Trump’s view of treason

The present danger treason presents in America

And a few other things...

This is the perfect book for anyone with even a mild interest in U.S. history, who might appreciate a short and compelling summary of the ways people in high places have worked to subvert the interests of their own country.

It has never been more important to understand the history of treason in the United States. We hope this book will help you to see the link between the past attacks on our democracy and the threats that we face today.

You will be glad you experienced T is for Treason: Traitors in America.


Table of Contents:

The History of Treason
Benedict Arnold
Richard Nixon
Ronald Reagan
George W. Bush
Donald J. Trump
The Enemy Within

The Art of the Steal


Treason is a hot topic. The Washington Post describes a social media landscape “littered” with accusations of treason. Politicians and others are making accusations of treason, often for trivial or misguided reasons.

We may think we know what treason is, but laws are written, and over time they are defined through revisions and court cases.

In 1542, King Henry VIII accused one of his eight wives of having affairs before their marriage and of adultery, so he charged her with treason and poor Queen Catherine was executed. George Washington was guilty of treason against England. Donald Trump accused two FBI agents of treason for investigating his ties to Russia. Some believe that the participants in the January 6th Capitol riot were traitors for attacking Congress, but so far none have been charged with treason.

Treason is broadly defined as the crime of “betraying one’s country by attempting to overthrow the government through waging war against the state or by materially aiding its enemies”. The three key elements necessary for an offense to constitute treason include (1) an obligation to the legal order, (2) the intent and (3) action to violate that obligation.

President Johnson thought Richard Nixon was guilty of treason. Both Reagan and George Bush may have committed treason in their secret dealings with Iran. There may be some members of Congress today whose loyalty to their oath of allegiance to the United States could be called into question.

That leaves many questions. Does treason require a formal declaration of war? Can a spy be guilty of treason? Would someone need to be a citizen to be charged with treason in the U.S.? Are there different kinds of treason?

To find the answers, it is important to understand the history of treason in the United States, and what defines treason in a legal sense. We need to know how that definition has changed over time, and how that definition has been applied in court. In that way, we are approximating the way a prosecuting attorney or judge might apply the law. In the following pages, we will let you be the judge.

There have been situations, such as the Civil War, that would seem to fit the definition of treason: taking up arms against the government. There have been others where it could have been difficult to convict on the charge of treason, so other charges were applied to get a conviction. And, in many cases, where there was a conviction of treason, U.S. Presidents have issued pardons.

There are books, news reports, YouTube videos, newspaper articles, podcasts, and television programs addressing the subject of treason. Often there have been misrepresentations and details that were overlooked. But once we find the missing pieces, we can begin to complete the puzzle to reveal the big picture of what treason really is.

We will present several stories about treason that you may THINK you know, only to discover some disturbing details. There are also stories of treason that are less known. By viewing treason through the telescope of history, looking back through time, we can better understand what treason is, and how it may or may not be applied to current events.

It is hoped that this book will show the link between past attacks on our democracy and the threats we face today.

Other books by Tim Trott

These are a few current and future books by author Tim Trott


In this book we have provided a history of the state lotteries, a quick reference to state lottery web sites, a fun “Ouija” -style number selection “PIKR”, a section to record your “lucky numbers” and perhaps to develop a strategy by detecting the patterns with our TRAKR charts, and a WIN TRAKR section for recording …

Out of the Blue

The Life and Legend of Kirby- SKY KING – Grant

FAA §107 Study Guide

REVISED and UPDATED with the new rules

Guarding Against Online Identity Theft

A simple guide to online security – (Protección de identidad: Una guía simple para la seguridad en línea)

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Benedict Arnold, American Traitor

The name most closely associated with the word Treason is Benedict Arnold. It may surprise you to know that Arnold was never charged or convicted of treason. The only person sentenced on a Federal charge of treason was William Mumford. You’ve probably never heard of that name, and you may be surprised to learn what …

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