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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
A New York Times Bestseller
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 bestselling 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 insightful, [Valiant Ambition] consolidates Philbrick's reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."—Wall 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, 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 vanquished 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.
History 2022 Book List
January - The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
February - Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams
March - The Daughters of Yalta by Katherin Grace Katz
April - The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World by Vivian Postrel
May - Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies and Cover-Ups in American Politics by Donald Jeffries
June - The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
July - The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt: The Duke of Lancaster by Helen Carr
August - Cleopatra: The Queen Who Challenged Rome and Conquered Eternity by Alberto Angela
September - Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
October - Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick