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  1. says: (PDF) Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters Free read Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution

    (PDF) Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution ”How can we draw the line and say at what precise point treachery beginswhen the treachery is in progress of execution orwhen the mind is still wavering upon it? In short how loose and slippery becomes the groundifwe stray forth in uest of secret motives and designs”Lord Mahon History of England vol 7 1854 Benedict ArnoldI wrestle with the idea of Benedict Arnold every time I read any book regarding the American Revo

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    review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters Free read Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution “The United States had been created through an act of disloyalty No matter how elouently the Declaration of Independence had attempted to justify the American rebellion a residual guilt hovered over the circumstances of the country’s founding Arnold changed all that By threatening to destroy the newly created republic through ironicall

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    (PDF) Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution I am at the point where I know that everything Philbrick produces makes for a stellar read His works also make a good antidote to my lament from the Everly Brothers song “I don’t know much about history” That is especially true about colonial American history With the help of a couple of McCullough books “1776” a

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    Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick Free read Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution As he was valiantI honor himBut as he was ambitiousI slew him William Shakespeare Julius Caesar “The real Revolution was so troubling and strange that once the struggle was over a generation did its best to remove all traces of the truth No one wanted to remember how after boldly declaring their independence they had so uickly

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    Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick Free read Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution We follow George Washington and Benedict Arnold from the 1776 Battle of New York through 1780 when Arnold deserts to the British Philbrick portrays Washington as an inspirational leader for his troops Steadfast and patient he was not brilliant but learned from his mistakes Arnold was very different He spoke crudely He was rough not smooth While Washington had a penchant for aggressive action he was analytical and regular

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    (PDF) Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution Profound naval historian Nathaniel Philbrick has undertaken a daunting two part character study of Benedict Arnold and George Washington in which their leadership styles and loyalties are compared and analyzed He begins the book with a precursor to the Revolutionary War leading to the year 1776 and—uite like the brief ending—leaves the bare minimum amount of room necessary for further evaluation As there are already library

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    Free read Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick A new one by Philbrick? That makes me want to give a cantankerous middle aged SUEEEE of delight

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    (PDF) Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick Free read Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution I expected this book to be about the defection of Benedict Arnold to the British than a history of the American Revolution But in order to understand why Arnold did what he did you need to know some of his reasoning why Hence the history lesson This is the fourth book by Nathaniel Philbrick that I have read and he is always very thorough in the information he relates to the reader I learned many new facts about the re

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    (PDF) Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution Free read Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution In Valiant Ambition Philbrick chronicles the life and tumultuous times of Benedict Arnold America's most infamous traitor I learned a few things about Arnold that I never knew and was reminded of several that I h

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    (PDF) Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution Our Revolution has always been a period of history I find fascinating Since retiring I have been able to read about this and other historical periods and events without the guilt associated with neglected professional obligations It's kind of hard to enjoy a good book when you have so many periodicals and legal advance sh

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  • Hardcover
  • 427
  • Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution
  • Nathaniel Philbrick
  • English
  • 21 November 2019
  • 9780525426783

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Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution characters è 100 Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick 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 matter. I expected this book to be about the defection of Benedict Arnold to the British than a history of the American Revolution But in order to understand why Arnold did what he did you need to know some of his reasoning why Hence the history lesson This is the fourth book by Nathaniel Philbrick that I have read and he is always very thorough in the information he relates to the reader I learned many new facts about the revolutionary times and Arnold in particular Especially the events of Arnold s proposed treasonous acts and how close the Americans came on occasions than one to losing the War for Independence This book was very well researched and written I was not disappointed

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Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution

Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution characters è 100 Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick Eeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war Four years later as the book ends Washington has vanuished 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. As he was valiantI honor himBut as he was ambitiousI slew him William Shakespeare Julius Caesar The real Revolution was so troubling and strange that once the struggle was over a generation did its best to remove all traces of the truth No one wanted to remember how after boldly declaring their independence they had so uickly lost their way how patriotic zeal had lapsed into cynicism and self interest Nathaniel Philbrick Valiant Ambition George Washington and Benedict Arnold the protagonists of Nathaniel Philbrick s Valiant Ambition were two of the greatest and most ambitious American military heroes produced by the American Revolution They were a two man mutual admiration society each of whom had a rendezvous with destiny albeit destinies that diverged While one emerged from the war as America s foremost hero who would later earn the nickname Father of Our Country the other became the nation s most infamous villain whose name forever became shorthand for turncoat and treason It is only fitting that Philbrick opened part one of his book with the above uote from Shakespeare for the story of the respective roles of Washington and Arnold in the American Revolution takes on the proportions of a Shakespearian tragedyIn his deeply researched and highly readable account Philbrick sifts and sorts the evidence and shows the reader how it all transpired He doesn t rehabilitate Arnold by excusing him from his traitorous actions but he does explain that Arnold had reasons for colluding with the enemy On the other hand he clearly states that those reasons were not good excuses for turning against one s country Nick Romero wrote in his review in the Christian Science Monitor that Philbrick shows just how many circumstances lack of earned pay and merited promotion by the Continental Army a wife with loyalist leanings the apparent likelihood of imminent British victory motivated Arnold s decision to defect The point being that in reality Arnold was sympathetic than what we would like to believe On the other hand Washington who in the end did than any other individual to prevent a British victory was in fact flawed than what popular mythology has always maintainedFortunately Washington was a man of honor who took the high road when it came to ethics and morality and unfortunately Arnold took the low road done in by what Philbrick labels narcissistic arrogance a trait that enabled him to face the gravest danger on the battlefield without a trace of fear but also euipped him to be a first rate traitor While Washington learned from his mistakes on the battlefield and despite an inept Congress maintained his emotional euilibrium under extremely dire conditions eventually becoming the personification of the patriot cause the charismatic mercurial egotistical and hypersensitive Arnold became embittered by what he viewed as Congress lack of appreciation for his heroic efforts It was that lack of appreciation combined with personal greed that became the major factors leading to his decision to defect And even then he was able to rationalize his action by claiming that he was doing it for the good of the nation Textbooks generally give us a clean version of our history leaving out many messy details When the layers of mythology are removed from any major event in our past one can bet that the details are much complex and much gray than black and white than what we have been led to believe Benedict Arnold s infamy is a classic example As Ned Romero pointed out in his review attributing diabolical villainy to Arnold makes for vivid rhetoric but bad history We tend to know as little about Arnold as we do about the rest of the American Revolution To the extent that it is still taught in schools the War of Independence is presented as a rather tidy affair The Founders issued the Declaration of Independence George Washington and his army spent a hard winter at Valley Forge and then crossed the Delaware there was an exchange of musket fire and cannonry at Yorktown and that was that A new nation is born Happy Fourth of July John Daniel Davidson National ReviewNathaniel Philbrick is not a trained historian but that is not at all a bad thing His degrees are in English and American Literature and that is a good thing He understands that the root word of history is story and he knows how to tell one As usual he uses his gift of language to explain educate and entertain while making the reading of history an enjoyable experience And that is a rare thing

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Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution characters è 100 Nathaniel Philbrick Ñ 0 characters review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Nathaniel Philbrick From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold   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 succ. How can we draw the line and say at what precise point treachery beginswhen the treachery is in progress of execution orwhen the mind is still wavering upon it In short how loose and slippery becomes the groundifwe stray forth in uest of secret motives and designs Lord Mahon History of England vol 7 1854 Benedict ArnoldI wrestle with the idea of Benedict Arnold every time I read any book regarding the American Revolution He is inescapable He was a dynamic aggressive leader and what danger he put his soldiers in he put himself in first He was fearless I can t help but draw comparisons with George Armstrong Custer They were both larger than life and spectacularly flawed They both smarted over demotions and fumed over others less deserving being promoted past them They both had a battlefield savvy that few leaders naturally possess It was later said that Arnold rode about the field that day like a madman than a cool and discreet officerat a full gallop back and forth His seemingly erratic behavior did not prevent him however from recognizing a key vulnerability in the enemy line Arnold might be vain overly sensitive to slight and difficult to work with but there were few officers in either the American or British army who possessed his talent for almost instantly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy Arnold noticed the competencies of his enemies If he observed a British officer being a source of inspiration to his men or a being a good tactician Arnold would ask his men to concentrate all their firepower on that one individualArnold s relationship with George Washington was one of mutual admiration Washington respected his courage and his derring do Washington also felt a twinge of envy because Arnold was exactly the type of commander whom he wished he could be The crushing responsibility of his position kept him from leading charges and being able to affect the outcome of the war on a very personal basiseye to eye with the enemy Not that Washington was always back behind the lines in a tent or watching from the rear There were many moments during the war when he felt the need to inspire his men by being seen on the battlefield which also exposed him to the muskets of the enemy No one ever uestions Washington or Arnold s courage They had it by the bucketfulArnold was such a game changer He was without a doubt the most creative and bold commander of the war Everybody knows about Fort Ticonderoga and uebec but he also was in command at the Battle of Valcour Island where he went nose to nose with the British navy in his undersized boats He didn t win but he didn t lose either One of the boats the USS Philadelphia was sunk during the battle and was later recovered with the cannonball that scuttled her still trapped in it s side The boat now resides in the Smithsonian Arnold was fighting against ships with mere boats When night ended the action for the day Arnold knew he had to use the darkness to escape Instead of going away from the British ships he muffled the oars and slipped between them to the South Vintage Arnold he wanted to not only escape but also send a message to the Britishsee what I can doAt Saratoga certainly one of the most important battles of the war Arnold was relieved of command after arguing with General Horatio Gates a man who was once his friend but who had turned against him or in my opinion had been manipulated by a General James Wilkinson against not only Arnold but Washington as well Gates did at one point have designs on replacing Washington as the overall commander There were certainly some bleak moments during the war when the Continental Congress and the soldiers in the field were both starting to uestion Washington s abilities There is a monument to Arnold s leg at Saratoga National Historic Park The wound was serious and debilitating The leg was two inches shorter than the other leg by the time it finished healingArnold was a problem for Gates but at the same time he recognized the abilities that Arnold possessed which he lacked I m still not sure how I feel about Gates All of these Revolutionary men were convoluted individuals living in complicated times so understanding them has to do with learning about the gray areas of their personality rather than the most prevalent black and white aspects of who they were So you can imagine Arnold is just livid absolutely fuming at being told he wasn t needed but being who he was he couldn t listen to the sounds of the battle and not participate He grabbed a horse and instinctively went to where he was needed most He rallied the men and led the charge that broke the back of the Hessian and British defenses and was shot in the same leg he was shot in during the Battle of uebec I wish it had passed through my heart If Arnold had died at that very moment after that great victory at Saratoga he would have been immortalized Elementary schools streets buildings and children would have been named after him Statues saluting his bravery would have been erected all over the country He would have been a martyr for the cause Alas it didn t work out that way I ve always kind of thought that Washington maybe didn t do enough to help Arnold with his enemies but Philbrick makes a pretty good case that he actually did Arnold was one of his best generals and certainly the one that loved to fight than he liked to play at politics Arnold s resentments were numerous but there was another patriot who had experienced the same issues as Arnold and he took a completely different tack John Stark resigned his commission in the Continental Army and went back to New Hampshire where he was promptly asked to raise his own brigade of 1500 men Wait a minute You could do that We have to remember that the 13 states were a loose confederation of alliances In fact there was a legitimate fear that after winning the war that they would all break out into small countries so there was a lot of latitude in how they conducted themselves Really we weren t a country yet So Stark would sometimes use his men to help the Continental Army and sometimes if Stark didn t like the circumstances he d flip them the bird and go do what he felt needed done It kind of sounds like the perfect situation for Benedict Arnold except for his ambitions to be at the center of everything The other problem is Arnold had a lot of financial problems Some of that is because of the money he spent on the war effort He spent a good part of his acuired fortune outfitting his soldiers so they could actually fight The Continental Congress refused to reimburse him He spent money lavishly as well He liked a high lifestyle that reuired a steady influx of ready money He was also generous with his friends He gave Doctor Joseph Warren s wife and children the staggering sum of five hundred pounds after Warren was killed on Breed s Hill Peggy Shippen Arnold Is that a barnacle on her head She seems a bit whey faced for my tastesHe also fell in love with Peggy Shippen a woman who later would be referred to as the most beautiful woman in London She is from a loyalist family and most of her friends are loyalist So does anyone else see a conflict of interest marrying such a woman if you are one of the heroes of the revolution She also was much than just a doting wife She was ambitious as well and wanted her husband to advance It is than the seeds of a disaster It is a whole friggin tree of tragedy I know how things turn out but it is funny how I read history and I m still rooting for a different outcome Don t do it Arnold I yell in my head Sigh Philbrick did not give me an alternative history where Arnold lives happily ever after I ve always liked Arnold in the same way I ve always liked Custer They are so similar in their abilities and their flaws The same narcissistic arrogance that enabled him to face the gravest danger on the battlefield without a trace of fear had euipped him to be a first rate traitor Custer also had an ambitious wife who was very good with politics Given the right circumstances I do believe that Custer might have made the same decisions as Arnold During the war and even so during Reconstruction while serving in Texas Custer identified with the Rebels than what was really proper If he had been passed over held back and ridiculed would Custer have defected to the Confederacy Fortunately he didn t experience any of that until after the war He wasn t called the Boy General for nothing If anything he shot through the ranks like a cannonball I know I m off the topic of the book but I couldn t help thinking about how very very similar these two men were Both legitimate heroes both thirsty for action both with strong willed wives and both with ambitions that go well beyond just being a great soldier There is so much in the book than what I ve discussed here Philbrick is a wonderful storyteller and even if you think you know the events covered in this book very well Philbrick will add some nuances to your knowledge He certainly has inspired me to spend some time researching General James Wilkinson whose smarmy fingerprints were on just about every bit of controversy and political strife In many ways he may have been a bigger traitor than Benedict Arnold but certainly no one was higher profile than Arnold I think what made it so difficult for the burgeoning Americans to accept was that Arnold was a hero of the first order People admired him For him to defect was much than just a man defecting to the British It was as if the concept of what it meant to be an American was being uestioned They hardened their hearts obviously and denounced him but I can t imagine that his defection didn t give everyone involved with the war effort just a moment of self reflection about their own sandy soil allegianceIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at