Valiant Ambition

Valiant Ambition

George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

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In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within.
ISBN: 9780147524393
Branch Call Number: EBOOK AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Dec 13, 2019

One of my favorite books - compelling, well-written narrative; fascinating, developed characters; eye-opening revelations about the nature of the Revolution in New York; exciting concluding events - I re-heard the closing chapters several times. Highly recommended.

CMLibrary_KimUC Feb 02, 2017

Benedick Arnold, victim or villain? Follow the successful, talented general, once an early hero of the American Revolution, become traitor, pushed by greed, ambition and politics. Benedick’s story parallels with that of George Washington's, yet their fates diverge changing history forever. Narrator keeps listener intrigued through every battle, political maneuver and double-cross.


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