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kindle ☆ Valiant Ambition read ☆ eyltransferservices ò [EPUB] ✻ Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution By Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk ANew York Times best seller Winner of the George Washington Prize  A surprising accountANew York Times best seller Winner of the George Washington Prize  A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold from the New York Times best selling author of In the Heart of the Sea Mayflower and In the Hurricane's Eye 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 insightfulValiant Ambition consolidates Philbrick's reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfictionWall Street Journal In the second book of his acclaimed American Revolution series Nathaniel Philbrick turns to the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold  In September 1776 the vulnerable Continental army under an unsure George Washington evacuated 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 succeeded in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have lost the war As this book ends four years later Washington has vanuished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy America was forced at last to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within Complex controversial and dramatic Valiant Ambition is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation  This is an honest and interesting treatment of the American Revolution from the perspective of its most famous person George Washington and it's most infamous person Benedict Arnold What the author does is provide a very good portrait of Arnold as a brave and brilliant if brash military officer and strategist along with his ignoble traits of vanity and self interest This is contrasted with Washington who is portrayed as a not so brilliant strategist and learning through mistakes to become a great military leader But the author confirms what we believe that Washington is not a vain person and exhibits through his actions and writings a purpose that is in the best interests of the people and our countryBesides the British the greatest problem for Washington is the incessant meddling in his affairs by the Continental Congress which for the most part appears to be acting on behalf of the special interests of the various state factions that form the government This also creates major problems for Arnold who is passed over many times for legitimate promotions in rank by a disapproving Congress It is possible that his treason would not have occurred had Congress behaved in a fair and euitable way and properly recognized his military accomplishmentsAs the book draws to a conclusion the author describes Arnold's predictable slide into treason the part of the story we are all know from the version of American History taught in grade school Some reviews say that the book ends without a proper conclusion I am guessing that they would like information on Arnold after he defected and some details on his military exploits under the British Flag But I think the author being a writer interested in American History might have another book in mind as a seuel to this one All in all I think the author provided a well balanced and unbiased description of eventsI found the TV miniseries TURN about Washington's Spy Ring to provide a very interesting look at this period Clearly the screenwriters have taken some Hollywood liberties concerning historical accuracy Although the focus is on espionage it covers the battles of the period starting around late 1776 to the end of 1781 with the siege of Yorktown And besides the main characters of the Spy Ring it includes a good portrayal of George Washington and Benedict Arnold and takes on the whole affair of Arnold's treason including the roles of Andre and Peggy Shippen It also goes beyond Philbrick's book to let us know the fate of these characters after the revolutionI can also recommend another book for Revolutionary War history buffs The Life of George Washington by John Marshall Besides a complete biography of Washington the book covers all the military battles fought throughout the 13 colonies and Canada It is also where I first learned about the Continental Congress interfering with Washington's prosecution of the war Post war when Washington is President it describes some of the major events particularly the delicate problem of the French Revolution that affected his presidency It is an interesting book if you like American History

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ANew York Times best seller Winner of the George Washington Prize  A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold from the New York Times best selling author of In the Heart of the Sea Mayflower and In the Hurricane's Eye 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 insightfulValiant Ambition consolidates Philbrick's reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfictionWall Street Journal In the second book of his acclaimed American Revolution series Nathaniel Philbrick turns to the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold  In September 1776 the vulnerable Continental army under an unsure George Washington evacuated 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 succeeded in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have lost the war As this book ends four years later Washington has vanuished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy America was forced at last to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within Complex controversial and dramatic Valiant Ambition is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation  Two powerful men fought to free the United States from British tyranny in the bleak days which try men's souls in the immortal words of Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Paine One of those men George Washington became the first President of the United States had the national capitol named for him and has become an American icon for the ages He is The Father of His Country The traitor is Benedict Arnold whose name has become an eponymn for treachery Arnold was a good general who won over the British navy at Valcour Island on Lake Champlain and largely led the Americans to victory at Saratoga on 1777 only to see his chief rival General Horatio Gates win the plaudits and get the publicity for this crucial turning point of the long eight year conflict Arnold was smitten by the sexy Peggy Shippen who was a loyalist For a commission in the British Army and money he betrayed the United States This story is well know but Philbrick adds details and color to the familiar American history book fare He has a novelist eye for detail and drawing character Philbrick is also good in describing battles The book has several good maps and many period illustrations and paintings An extensive bibliography is included An excellent book which is the kind of popular history which may well whet the appetite of a young person to become a history buff Recommended

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Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American RevolutionANew York Times best seller Winner of the George Washington Prize  A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold from the New York Times best selling author of In the Heart of the Sea Mayflower and In the Hurricane's Eye 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 insightfulValiant Ambition consolidates Philbrick's reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfictionWall Street Journal In the second book of his acclaimed American Revolution series Nathaniel Philbrick turns to the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold  In September 1776 the vulnerable Continental army under an unsure George Washington evacuated 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 succeeded in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have lost the war As this book ends four years later Washington has vanuished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy America was forced at last to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within Complex controversial and dramatic Valiant Ambition is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation  Yet another thoroughly researched and majestically presented piece of American history by Philbrick What makes reading this as well as his other books so fascinating is the masterful way in which he combines traditional kinds of historiography such as political and diplomatic with material history and biography in other words his ability to literally resurrect the past and its characters in a most vivid manner