Thomas J. Schaeper


On his book Edward Bancroft: Scientist, Author, Spy

Cover Interview of June 07, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Bancroft was a spy, but not a traitor.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Edward Bancroft viewed his country as being the British Empire.  While he believed that Americans were justified in voicing grievances over matters of taxation and governance, he also believed that Britain and America both would be better served if they stayed united in the Empire.”

On the second:

“Bancroft’s seven years as a spy were just an interlude in his long scholarly career.  He was not exactly a James Bond type. But, of course, the fact that he did not look like a spy made him the perfect spy.”