Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the George Washington Prize
A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold, from the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and In the Hurricane's Eye.
"May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age—a volume that turns one of America’s best-known narratives on its head.”—Boston Globe
"Clear and insightful, [Valiant Ambition] consolidates Philbrick's reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."—Wall Street Journal
In the second book of his acclaimed American Revolution series, Nathaniel Philbrick turns to the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental army under an unsure George Washington evacuated New York after a devastating defeat by the British army. Three weeks later, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeded in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have lost the war. As this book ends, four years later Washington has vanquished his demons, and Arnold has fled to the enemy. America was forced at last to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from withinComplex, controversial, and dramatic, Valiant Ambition is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marshapetry - LibraryThing
Very interesting but not the easiest to follow as a listening book. As long as you're reading the hardcopy it's probably easy to flip back and forth to figure out if the author has jumped. Narrator is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stevesbookstuff - LibraryThing
Loved this book and recommend it highly to anyone interested in stories of the American Revolution. The main story revolves around the paths taken by Benedict Arnold and George Washington through the ... Read full review