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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
by Nathaniel Philbrick
rating: 4.5 (418 reviews)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

"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, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."
—Wall Street Journal

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.
            Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington’s unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.

rank: #20,086
price: $12.02
publisher: Viking; 1st edition (May 10, 2016)
lang: English
isbn: 0525426787, 978-0525426783,
weight: 1.6 pounds (

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Pass it on! First to Read Early access to Penguin Random Houses hottest new titles Unbound Worlds Exploring the science fiction and fantasy universe At the same time, did Americans go out of their way to make Benedict Arnold look even worse than he was? PHILBRICK: Absolutely because what was being formed in the early 19th century was a kind of American genesis storyYou know, what are we doing? They're just going to take us over if we happen to winAnd more often than not, it would workUnfortunately, this one has so few far-reaching ramifications that both MrThe sound of firing interrupted a meal Gates was hosting for his officersINSKEEP: Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, And The Fate Of The American Revolution." Thanks very muchIn part because he was not promoted, Arnold had been considering a naval career instead, his previous battlefield success having been on waterPlease verify you're not a robot by clicking the boxFor Philbrick, both Arnold and his enemies offer proof that the greatest danger to Americas future came from self-serving opportunism masquerading as patriotism

At least thats how Valiant Ambition reads.The biggest surprise for any fan of MrFor Washington, rules mattered; for Arnold, rules were made to be brokenThe ambitious, even ferocious warrior wanted to win at a stroke and risked too much on several occasionsShop Now Newsstand Newsstand NOOK Newsstand NOOK Magazines NOOK Newspapers All NOOK Periodicals Top Free Trials Special Issues Print Newsstand Over 900 Print Subscriptions Bestselling Subscriptions Subscriptions Under $10 NOOK Favorites Women's Magazines Men's Magazines Business Publications Print Favorites Women's Magazines Men's Magazines Save up to 90%! Save even more with an Annual Subscription Shop Now Teens Teens' Books Customer Favorites Bestsellers Adaptive Studios New Releases Coming Soon NOOK Books Popular Authors Cassandra Clare Victoria Aveyard Sarah Dessen John Green Sarah J4 reviewsAnd the deal was that if he turned over West Point to the British and was awarded a sum of more than 10,000 pounds, which was a lot of money back then, this would be the plan that could very well turn the Revolution around.The audio is narrated by Scott Brick, who is well known for his excellent narrationsHis second-in-command said wait, wait

In the years after that, Americans consciously polished that history and published biographies of George Washington that were partly made up or of Patrick Henry that were almost entirely made up and made everything look really greatPlease re-enterWhen Arnold volunteered to check on the ruckus, Gates prophetically replied, I am afraid to trust you, ArnoldThe near-tragic nature of the drama hinges not on any military secrets Arnold gave to the British but on an open secret: the weakness of the patriot cause….Arnold’s betrayal still makes for great drama, proving once again that the supposed villains of a story are usually the most interesting."—New York Times Book Review“Philbrick wants his readers to experience the terror, the suffering and the adrenaline rush of battle, and he wants us to grit our teeth at our early politicians who, by their pettiness and shortsightedness, shape military events as profoundly as generals and admirals do(68)Washington was planning to kidnap Arnold, but Clinton then moved his spy to VirginiaClick to view the items in your shopping bag You have Books Books Customer Favorites B&N Classics B&N Top 100 B&N Stores' Bestsellers B&N's Biggest Books Books by Author Book Awards Books by Series Coloring Books for Everyone Coming Soon Coupons & Deals New Releases NY Times Bestsellers The Paperback Store Signed Books Subjects Biography Business Cookbooks, Food & Wine Diet, Health & Fitness Fiction Graphic Novels & Comics History Mystery & Crime Religion Romance Science Fiction & Fantasy Self-Help & Relationships See More > Departments Audiobooks Bargain Books B&N Readouts Calendars Large Print Libros en espaol Self-Publish with NOOK Press SparkNotes Textbooks Blogs B&N Reads B&N Review B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Coming Soon Pre-Order Tomorrow's Bestsellers Today Shop Now NOOK Books NOOK Books Customer Favorites B&N Readouts NOOK Top 100 NOOK Daily Find NY Times Bestsellers New Releases Coming Soon NOOK Book Deals NOOK Press Books Self-Publish with NOOK Press NEW NOOK Press Sell in Print NOOK Foreign Language NOOK Book Bundles Subjects Biography Business Current Affairs & Politics Diet, Health & Fitness Fiction History Mystery & Crime Religion Romance Sci-Fi & Fantasy Self-Help & Relationships Teen Books See More > Departments NOOK Comics Kids' Books NOOK Kids Read To Me NOOK Kids Read and Play NOOK Magazines NOOK Audiobooks Store NOOK Newspapers Free NOOK Mobile Apps NOOK Store Shop NOOK My NOOK Library Read for Free,Now on Serial Reads A forensic expert makes a dangerous bet to solve a murder in Paris$30.Cue the villainDuke FellowAnd it was morning, they were many miles down Lake Champlain before the British commander realized it

Arnolds trial had resumed that month, with the summation in January 1780By the fall and winter of 1777, Congressamong otherswas growing tired of the increasingly expensive, lethargic, and prolonged conflict with the former mother countryPolitics N.YIn late 1776, when British admiral William Howe did not attack, as Washington expected, the latter planned an assault for early on Christmas morning against the 1,900 Hessian mercenaries huddled against the cold and snow in Trenton, New JerseyIt was only a matter of luck that Arnolds treachery was discovered 48a4f088c3

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