The Real Benedict Arnold

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 264 pages
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Every account of the American Revolution mentions Benedict Arnold and brands him--correctly--as a traitor. There's no question that Arnold, an American army officer, switched his loyalty to the British side. Over the years, however, historians, partisans, and gossips have added to Arnold's unsavory reputation by distorting, embroidering, or simply ignoring factual details.
In this informed and thoughtful account, Jim Murphy goes in search of the real man behind the "traitor" label, rumors, and folktales that became part of the Benedict Arnold legend. Drawing on Arnold's few surviving writings and on the letters, memoirs, and political documents of his contemporaries, Murphy builds a fascinating portrait of a brilliant man, consistently undervalued by his peers, who made a choice that continues to reverberate through American history. Dramatic accounts of crucial battles and political maneuvers round out this lively biography of a patriot who could have been a hero.

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User Review  - eduscapes - LibraryThing

Since learning that my ancestor participated in the March through the Wilderness and Battle of Quebec in 1775, I've been fascinated in Benedict Arnold. The Real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy provides ... Read full review

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User Review  - kpickett - LibraryThing

This is a great overview of the man who is commonly considered to be the most significant traitor in American history. It looks at both sides of the story; Benedicts heroism and bravery; and how he felt betrayed by his country and why became a turncoat. Read full review

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Jim Murphy 's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, the James Madison Book two Newbery Honors, the James Madison Book Award, and a National Book Award nomination. Jim also was a finalist for the National Book Award. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family. Visit him online at

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