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The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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What makes Sheinkin's work astonishing is that he presents a modern man with all the strengths and frailties. The writer strictly adheres to the rules of historical research whereby he only uses documentation written or carved in stone, yet he comes away with a complex individual without the hate which enveloped Benedict Arnold for two centuries, allowing the reader to wrestle with the enigma of this character. And Sheinkin does this with the page-turner style which has became his trademark way of reaching young readers.
As much as other Revolutionary general, Benedict Arnold contributed to the success of the United States' young army. France was hell-bent on undermining England's hegemony in the world, but hesitant to commit resources to the ragtag colonial army. George Washington, the able former British officer, was losing every battle against the professional English army and their paid Hessian mercenaries. While Benjamin Franklin was biting his nails in Paris and hoping for some victory to convince his host to allocate funds and support to the Colonies, Washington carried out a kind of partisan warfare, moving his men after each defeat and attacking the cumbersome enemy chasing them.Read more ›
Because I perform programs about the Founding Fathers for schools, I'm always on the lookout for great books to recommend to kids. This is now officially on my list.
Steve is a gifted story teller, getting to the action at every step. It reads like an action novel, though you're learning all about this haughty, impatient man from Connecticut and Rhode Island, who could have ruined everything for our revolution. Who knew that CT had such spicy characters in its past? David McCullough always says that you learn history through story. Well, if that's the case, then this is a great book for that.
Think you don't like nonfiction? This book is full of interesting historical nuggets told in a gripping novel fashion. The author did plenty of research to back up any and all claims made in the book as well as uncover the truth behind the real man Benedict Arnold. I could not put this book down. It's fast paced and thrilling, slowing down just enough to give the reader a sense of place and time and then moving on to the next event. In other words, The Notorious Benedict Arnold makes history enjoyable, fun, and above all else, entertaining on top of being accessible to both younger readers and those who enjoy a good biography. Get this book even if you hate history. It's so good you'll find yourself siding with Arnold from time to time even when you feel you shouldn't.
Steve Sheinkin'sThe Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery [Hardcover](2010)
I was impressed with Steve Sheinkin's writing style and thought he did an excellent job of portraying Benedict Arnold as a human being with strengths and flaws. I really didn't know much about Arnold and now that I've read this I want to learn more.
I think this would be an excellent book to share with High School and Middle School students learning about the Revolutionary War. But I also recommend it to readers of all ages who are curious about Benedict Arnold.
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Bought this as an aid to help me teach the book in 7th grade literature class. Good read!Published 14 days ago by SuziQ
Oh sure we grew up to loathe the name that no American wants to speak. In the story of some incredible twists of fate throughout his career; any one single change would have... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jimmy Ray Purser
Good story for people interested in past war and or American freedom
Tells a great story to further inform you
Ordered for a school library. Excellent book, story and transaction. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by msconee
I liked this book. Very easy to read with facts that I had never heard. I almost felt sorry for Arnold.Published 2 months ago by Terry D
This is a tremendously engaging account of a side of the American Revolution that we don't usually dwell on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Walter T. Pollard