- Paperback: 558 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition, Thus edition (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814756468
- ISBN-13: 978-0814756461
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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There are two Benedict Arnolds of the American Revolution. Most people are only familiar with the Traitor Arnold rather then the Hero Arnold. This particular book focuses on the Hero Arnold (just look at the title of the book) and does a fine job. The story of Arnolds heroic actions in the early part of the American Revolution needed to be told and James Kirby Martin tackled the task greatly......
The book more or less ends at the battle of Saratoga. Mainly because after that infamous battle, Arnolds decent into treason began to pick up steam. If Arnold would have been killed at Saratoga he would have been an American Hero. After reading this book, I almost wish that would have been the case. The man was a victim of his own bitterness. The story of Benedict Arnold was a true tragedy....
I think this book should be viewed as a "part one" of the Benedict Arnold saga. After reading this book, seek out other books(on Arnold) which focuses on his treason.......
It's particularly tragic since even now, with him being so demonized, historians still appreciate his valuable contributions and consider him the most brilliant patriot general there was. Had he just sat tight instead of striking back at the politicians he couldn't stand, he would have been practically deified.
Like I said, spectacularly poor life choices.