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

⛄ Free Hardcover Read [ Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution ] ⛎ By Nathaniel Philbrick ⛵ ⛄ Free Hardcover Read [ Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution ] ⛎ By Nathaniel Philbrick ⛵ An Best Book of May 2016 I spent early summers running around Valley Forge in Pennsylvania and my later childhood years living next door to Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first battle of the American Revolution was foughtso I thought I had a pretty good handle on the war Philbrick proved me wrong with his fascinating history of the years from 1776 to 1780, when the new country teetered between victory and disaster, its destiny influenced by George Washington and Benedict Arnold Both generals were audaciousWashington and Arnold jumped into situations risky both to themselves and to the soldiers who fought for them Both generals suffered indignities at the hands of the Continental Congress, a body riven by its own politics and hamstrung by its inability to set taxes on its citizens But while Washington learned to temper his aggressiveness, sought others wisdom, and developed a strategy for winning the war, Arnold remained self centered and self aggrandizing, focusing on the tactical to the detriment of the larger goalculminating in his decision in 1780 to turn coat and deliver the fortress at West Point to the British army Philbricks eye for the illuminating detail and his clear writing keeps the story taut, unlike many history books that too often overwhelm the reader with a sludge of see I did my research prose Riveting and relevant, Valiant Ambition explodes the myth that a triumphant revolution was inevitable Adrian LiangMay be one of the greatest what if books of the agea volume that turns one of Americas best known narratives on its head Boston GlobeA suspenseful, richly detailed, and deeply researched book about the revolutionary struggle that bound George Washington and Benedict Arnold together and almost disastrous dysfunction of Americas revolutionary government that helped drive them apart The New York Review of Books Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America s foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction Wall Street JournalPhilbrick is both a meticulous historian and a captivating storyteller The book has unforgettable novelistic details and also contains much astute historical analysis and argument Philbrick sees Arnold not as the man who almost lost the war so much as the catalyst that helped to win it Christian Science MonitorThis is history at its most compelling political machinations, military jostling and outright treachery And Philbricks vivid writing brings the whistling cannon balls and half frozen soldiers to life and death in vivid detail.He peels back the mythology to reveal a teetering war effort, a bickering Congress, discordant states unwilling to coalesce to support the new national government and above all a traitor who sought to sell out his own country for personal gain and achieved instead the one thing that no other revolutionary could a unification of the Americans and an end to the war And for that, we have much to thank Benedict Arnold Seattle Times Benedict Arnold takes center stage in Nathaniel Philbricks vivid and in some ways cautionary tale of the Revolutionary War The 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.Arnolds 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 Finally, he reveals the emotional and physical cost of war on colonial society He succeeds on all fronts Washington PostPhilbrick has the ability to take seemingly dry facts of history and turn them into exciting prose The players come alive and their motivations are clear The people he chronicles are legends, so revealing to the reader what makes them human, foibles and all, helps make sense of the events that transpired and why they acted the way they did Associated PressPhilbrick s deep scholarship, nuanced analysis, and novelistic storytelling add up to another triumph Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA lively account of our Revolutions most reviled figure Kirkus ReviewsAn engrossing narrative of the wars most difficult years Philbrick argues that the quarrelsome, divided Americans needed Arnolds perfidy as much as they did Washingtons greatness to unify their new nation He pushes aside the patriotic myth to unveil the wars messy realityand its still a rousing adventure BookPageAs another American summer crawls toward the Fourth of July, and with a presidential election creeping up like Freddy on Elm Street, Nathaniel Philbrick offers some beach reading to remind us that outsized egos and a dysfunctional Congress were as much at issue in 1776 as they are now if thats any comfortValiant Ambition colorfully reconstructs the character driven battles that defined the Revolutionary War USA Today Look, youre not getting tickets to Hamilton If he were alive, George Washington himself couldnt get tickets to Hamilton Heres a cheaper alternativea new look at the first American president and contrasts him with our most famous traitor The Miami HeraldPraise for Bunker Hill A masterpiece of narrative and perspective Boston Globe A tour de force Chicago Tribune Popular history at its besta taut narrative with a novelist s touch, grounded in careful research Miami Herald A story that resonates with leadership lessons for all times.Walter Isaacson, The Washington Post A gripping book The Wall Street Journal Valiant Ambition George Washington, Benedict Valiant Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of American Revolution Nathaniel Philbrick Books eBook Kindle Store How Arnold Decided had a friend in but even Washington himself was often out favor with members Continental Congress, whom he answered to Ambition Quotes Famous Top Information about famous top ambition quotes proverbs including most used sayings related You can say them your friends or you Duel film Wikipedia Duel is television later full length theatrical road thriller written by Richard Matheson, which based on his own short story The Washington Born Westland County, Colony Virginia, British America Died Mount Vernon, United States Biography George February , December one Founding Fathers served as nation s first President Secret Six The Spy Ring When beat hasty retreat from New York City August many thought might soon be over Instead, rallied Winston Churchill Eulogy for King VI Winston VI death announced us yesterday morning there struck deep solemn note our lives Karasack, Jack Francis Age Seven Fields, died peacefully Monday, June at home, parents arms, after month long battle rare formNathaniel born an author member literary family He won year National Book Award Life Glance Boston, Mass Educated Linden Elementary School Taylor Allderdice High Pittsburgh, Pa BA English Mayflower A Story Courage, Community, and Mayflower War FREE shipping qualifying offers Vivid remarkably freshPhilbrick Philbrick Viking, ISBN From perilous ocean crossing shared bounty Thanksgiving, In Heart Sea Tragedy Whaleship Essex Penguin, ordeal whaleship event mythic nineteenth century sinking less frequently, Nathanael, Nathanel Nathanial given name derived Greek form Hebrew Netan el meaning God El has recast Pilgrims ages Times Review Finalist Pulitzer Prize History the Table Contents In Preface Crew Chapter One Nantucket Two Knockdown Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American 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    • Hardcover
    • Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
    • Nathaniel Philbrick
    • English
    • 14 February 2017
    • 443 pages

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