Valiant Ambition

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking, 2016)

This is not quite a biography of Benedict Arnold, but not quite a history of the American Revolution either. The book ends abruptly when John Andre is hanged for his part in Benedict’s Arnold’s treason; it fails to tell  us what Arnold did with the rest of his life and when and where he died. It seems a bit rude to not tell us what happened, unless Philbrick is planning a sequel. The book is quite interesting and well-written, and obviously based on copious primary sources which Philbrick quotes extensively.  If you’re at all interested in American history you will certainly enjoy and learn a lot from this book. I particularly enjoyed the battlefield maps since as a resident of the northeastern United States I have driven through most of the locations on them.

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