George Washington And Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots

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Regnery Publishing, Aug 1, 2006 - History - 424 pages
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Fateful turns, choices and escapes from certain death dominate this captivating story of the most compelling figures of the Revolutionary War. When General George Washington appointed Benedict Arnold military commander of the Philadelphia region, military historian Palmer argues, he was not only making one of the worst personnel decisions of his career, but was also creating the conditions for the "Traitor of America" to commit his crime. Stark contrasts and similarities between two men show how their choices informed their destiny. The son of an alcoholic, Arnold became a wealthy merchant before he took up arms against the British, but distinguishing himself on the battlefield was not enough to earn Arnold the prestige he perpetually sought. Washington, who grew up on a tranquil farm, was the beneficiary of guidance from influential figures and was groomed to be a leader. Palmer has a talent for building momentum and suspense, but his most skilled turn is as profiler of the military comrades who would later be foes. Photos.
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This book is excellent. There was not much new about Washington, but the book takes a side-by-side comparison of Washington and Arnold. This brought clarity to some of the actions of the characters. I ... Read full review

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- Biography of two men with great talents and both had the potential for greatness..the difference in the two was character - G.W. character shaped his greatness and B.A. lack of character resulted in ... Read full review

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Palmer is a true soldier-scholar. Graduating from West Point in 1956, Palmer served in uniform for thirty-five years, with two tours in Vietnam and four in Europe. He commanded the First Armored Division, and spent five years in political-military positions in the Pentagon. He earned a masters degree in military history from Duke University, and taught that subject at West Point from 1966 to 1969. He headed the Army's Command and General Staff College from 1983 to 1985, and was the Superintendent of West Point from 1986 to 1991. After retiring, from the Army in 1991, he remained active in history and education circles.

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