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5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning account of an inspirational leader and notorious traitor, August 24, 2006
This review is from: George Washington And Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots (Hardcover)
One of the first things I learned as a young cadet at the United States Military Academy is the story of how Benedict Arnold betrayed his country by attempting to hand over the fortress at West Point to the British. Now, as a graduate (Class of '97), I've always wanted to know more about what went on "behind the scenes" that could have led to arguably the most infamous act in American history. This book not only delivers as a truly neutral account of the events leading up to and following Arnold's betrayal of his country, but doubles as an extremely enjoyable read. Not just your average, boring to the masses history book, Palmer brings a captive narrative and successfully details the intriguing personalities and individual motivations of the men and women surrounding both Washington and Arnold from their early days as officers in the French and Indian War to the time their lives took decidedly different directions. As is often the case, this true story is nothing short of the kind of drama and intrigue you would expect from the best John Grisham novel. Palmer weaves you in and out of love with Arnold and ends the book with an insightful look into why one man ended up the father of his country and the other a symbol of treachery. I highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in this period of American history and my thanks go out to Palmer for an outstanding discussion of the character of these two men.
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