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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.
Benedict Arnold couldn't get out of his own personality's way. His father of the same name, a drunken disgrace, lit the fire of ambition and shame in his son at a young age. Conveniently enough, the Revolutionary War would provide the backdrop Benedict needed to show his mettle. And mettle he showed, at Saratoga and in Quebec, where he came this close to making Canada our 14th colony. During actions at Quebec and Saratoga, Arnold was dealt serious injuries from gunfire. And though he lost a lot of blood, he sadly did not lose his life, missing two golden opportunities to go down among the Giants of the Revolution like Lafayette, Von Steuben, Ethan Allen, and Washington. Instead, he would outlive his heroic chances and allow his sullen, jealous, angry temperament a chance to win notoriety for quite another reputation, one driven by money and relentless ambition.
The lesser star (and fall guy) of the book is concurrent story of Major John André. He played spy to Arnold's traitor, and their tango ended badly for him. Author Sheinkin tells us that André was one of those singularly handsome men who charmed women and men alike with his personality and intelligence. Unfortunately, this intelligence would forsake him in a few key seconds that would seal his fate. After meeting Arnold behind enemy lines near West Point, he was fleeing south toward the British-held city of New York.Read more ›
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Sure to be getting a bit more focus, thanks to <i>Hamilton. </i> Sheinkin looks at a far-less revered American revolutionary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dione Basseri
The author did he research very well and provided the reader a great candid personal life of Benedict Arnold as well as a couple of other historic people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allan T. Cordera
This book was amazing! I thought I knew the story of Benedict Arnold. I did not! This well-researched, well-written book tells the dramatic life story of a man from a once-great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Gillispie
My 10 yr old enjoyed the book, he read Two Miserable Presidents and is currently reading King George... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy
A wonderful book about early American history. Although aimed at young adult readers, it's a great read for a person of any age (I'm 75) who has a curiosity about this fascinating... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ChrisMc
This was a great book and I recommend this to anyone who needs information about Benedict Arnold. I suggest the audio book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book, by Steve Sheinkin, is the best biography I have ever come across. Most people I know despise Benedict Arnold in every possible way, so I just had to choose him for my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zachary Dimenstein