Valiant Ambition

Valiant Ambition

George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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. 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Penguin Random House Audio, [2016]
New York : Penguin Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780147524379
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
1 online resource (1 sound file (13 hr., 18 min., 50 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott
Call Number: eAudio

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Philbrick's latest revisits the rise and fall of Benedict Arnold, suggesting that there is a lot more to the man whose name has become synonymous with the word traitor, and lot of understandable reasons why he may have changed allegiances.

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Benedick Arnold, victim or villain? Follow the successful, talented general, once an early hero of the American Revolution, become traitor, pushed by greed, ambition and politics. Benedick’s story parallels with that of George Washington's, yet their fates diverge changing history forever. Narrator keeps listener intrigued through every battle, political maneuver and double-cross.


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