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Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered Hardcover – August 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0814755600 ISBN-10: 0814755607 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 558 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814755607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814755600
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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The name Benedict Arnold survives today as a synonym for treachery. Author James Kirby Martin points out that Arnold's life, however, was not a simple black-and-white morality play--high-school textbook narratives to the contrary. Indeed, under different circumstances the American Judas might have gone down in history as the most revered military leader of the Revolutionary War, save George Washington. "His treason was shocking because of the magnitude of his contributions to the Revolutionary effort," writes Kirby, a professor at the University of Houston. In this revisionist account, Kirby suggests that Arnold was more a victim of his own inept political skills than a slave to base motives. A complex psychology was at work as well: Arnold always felt underappreciated by his colleagues, especially after victories at Saratoga. Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero presents a detailed account of an often misunderstood man.

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Arnold is the best-known traitor in U.S. history. In this revisionist study, Martin (history, Univ. of Houston) directs attention to a less-well-known period of his subject's life. During the years before he became a turncoat, he was a devoted, skilled, and courageous Revolutionary officer. Had the war ended in 1780, the year Arnold switched allegiance, he would have likely been remembered as one of the most accomplished American military leaders of the War for Independence. However, he rightfully believed his contributions were undervalued and insufficiently rewarded. Martin presents an outstanding analysis of Arnold's pretreason years; his grasp of the details of Arnold's life and the context of the era are extraordinary. Readers will be frustrated by the author's failure to provide more than a brief summary of Arnold's years after treason, but this work is strongly recommended.?Charles K. Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JoeSherpa@aol.com on April 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I began this book with the preconceived notion that I think most American's have that Arnold had absolutely no redeeming qualities. This book dispels that myth but at the same time offers no apology for Arnold's treason. The extent of James Kirby Martin's research and analysis is the book's strongest point. Up until Arnold's treason, his contributions to the American Revolution were substantial yet largely unappreciated. Martin documents in great detail the heroic and selfless actions taken by Arnold in the early part of the war, and then dissects Arnold's disillusionment with the independence movement and descent into betrayal. Arnold's distaste for the independence movement centered on the Continental Congress, where decisions were made to placate regional interests and to appease petty egos rather than to reward meritorious conduct on the battlefield. The ironic thing is that Arnold had the unwavering loyalty of the one person who counted: George Washington. Arnold was unable to appreciate this. Washington, like Arnold, had his many detractors in the Congress, yet Washington, unlike Arnold, was not consumed by it in the end. This book is not an apology for Benedict Arnold's attempt to hand West Point over to the British. Rather, it is a compelling acknowledgement that Arnold was a complex individual who had many virtuous qualities and who poured every ounce of his being into the quest for independence until he was consumed by his disillusionment. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all persons who are interested in American History. James Kirby Martin challenges what we learn about Benedict Arnold as children, yet never requires us to conclude that Arnold's treason was either laudable or excusable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on March 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's an obvious concept if you think about it: our automatic thought when we hear the name "Benedict Arnold" is clearly a matter of perspective, not simple truth. The victors write the histories. Had Britain won the war, Arnold would have been, at worst, someone who saw the writing on the wall and got out while the getting was good, and at best, a prodigal son who'd seen the light and returned to the fold, renouncing his treason against king and country.
The first beauty of this book is that by simply existing, it forces you TO think about it; most people never do. But beyond that, it gives a meticulous history of the man, admitting his flaws (he was ambitious and more than a bit prickly about what he saw as slurs on his personal honor) but also pointing out the many positives that most Americans are completely unaware of: he was one of the greatest generals in the rebel cause, generous, courageous, honorable, and brilliant. So why did this man turn against the cause he'd fought for? Partly because he was disillusioned by the behavior towards himself and others by what he saw as a congress interested more in political connections than competence in awarding military honors, partly because he came to believe that said congress's incompetence rendered the American cause unwinnable. An error, and a serious one, but one which must be balanced against the fact that his contributions at the battle of Saratoga were largely responsible for the American victory.
A fascinating study into a seriously overlooked subject in American history. A must-read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith Temple on February 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
Martin has created a new spin for Benedict Arnold. Much to my surprise I enjoyed this book. Since a child, the name Benedict Arnold has always left me with goose bumps. The "hated American" who left us for the British. I received this book for christmas and expected it to further my distaste for Arnold. To my surprise, Martin has me contemplating Arnolds place among great American Generals. Not to say I will ever look upon Arnold as a hero, but lets just the goose bumps are gone. One may look at Arnold differently after reading this and at some points you may even feel sorry for the man. Readers will find themselves wondering how can a man who leads his troops through the Maine wilderness in the dead of winter turn his back on everthing he has fought for. An amazing story!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dead Leaf on April 28, 2006
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James Kirby Martin presents a fascinating view of Benedict Arnold, from his birth and early years, through his wartime exploits, up to his betrayal. The book succeeds on many levels. For one, it forces the reader to confront certain truths that have been obscured by the fog of history - namely that Benedict Arnold, until his betrayal, was an American hero, one of the rebels' greatest generals. In this way, while I don't view Arnold sympathetically for his betrayal, I see him now as the lead role in a real life Greek tragedy. He could have been among the greatest of our Founders. Moreover, the book does not excuse Arnold's treason, but does explain it and put it in context. If for no other reason than historical accuracy, it is important for students of history to know why Arnold committed treason.

The book was masterfully written and meticulously researched. Along the line of research, one final word. This book spurred me to research and review a number of the sources cited by Martin. A previous reviewer criticized Martin for failing to cite the novels of Kenneth Roberts. This criticism is, to put it charitably, invalid. First, a novel is a work of fiction. This book is non-fiction, and while Roberts's novels are highly acclaimed, they are still fiction. It makes no sense to cite fiction when writing non-fiction. Second, Roberts did compile a number of diaries and memoirs entitled March to Quebec: Journals of the Members of Arnold's Expedition (1938). This source is non-fiction and in fact is cited by Martin at page 435 and 460-80. Finally, a review of this book in the New York Times Book Review notes that this book often crosses paths with Roberts's works of fiction, and that this book is a "fine successor to those splendid books."

This book truly is the definitive source on Benedict Arnold's early life, wartime exploits and ultimate betrayal of the colonial forces. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in American history.
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