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Valiant Ambition

George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
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Feb 26, 2021biglarry rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Valiant Ambition is by far the most readable understanding of the Revolutionary War. This book follows "The Mayflower" and "Bunker Hill". Reading these books provides a laymen understanding of the complexity and nuance of this War. In…
Mar 19, 2020
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…
May 30, 2019kaphings rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Good read, lots of focus on Genl Arnold and Major Andre. Kept me engaged, and really developed Arnold's character. Good stuff about Peggy Shippen too. Tied all the major players together very well and gave me a sense for the…
Nov 09, 2016tjdickey rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A good bet for any Philbrick fan (which I am already) - and better than most since it has a strong human drama at its heart. A careful appraisal of the man Arnold, both sympathetic and unapologetic of his flaws, showing fundamental…
Aug 15, 2016rpavlacic rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
So what made America's greatest military man flip to the British? Two battlefield injuries that went unrecognized, being passed over for promotion within the ranks several times, and wrongful accusations of malfeasance while serving as…
Jun 29, 2016Hopalong_Kid rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Great story to bring the history of the American Revolution into context, warts and all. the book confirms why Washington is such a great man.
Jun 27, 2016IanS_Librarian rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
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…
Jun 02, 2016kneice rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Really puts you on the ground during the long slog of the American Revolution. Very convincing thesis that Benedict Arnold's heroics and ultimate treason woke up American leaders and united them to fund and finish the war.