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Valiant Ambition
Valiant Ambition George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution By Philbrick, Nathaniel Book - 2016

This is a follow up to Philbrick's excellent "Bunker Hill" and will be followed by a book on Yorktown in a few years.
I saw Philbrick speak recently about the book and I could tell he had a deep fascination with Benedict Arnold. The Arnold story is very interesting and I was caught up with it until he was military governor of Philadelphia and I have to admit I wasn't as taken with his story as with Joseph Warren's in the first book of the trilogy.
Even with my lack of enthusiasm for the Arnold story, I am very appreciative for Philbrick's solid writing and his description of the factions in Congress and the differences between loyalists and patriots, and the economics classes. I also have learned more about George Washington and his character by reading this series. I look forward to "Yorktown" and films that may be spawned by this rock solid and engaging series.

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