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Valiant ambition: The American Revolution Series, Book 2

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display_description From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and In the Hurricane's Eye comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
"May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age—a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head."
—Boston Globe

"Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."
Wall Street Journal
In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within.
Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.
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series The American Revolution
series_with_volume The American Revolution|
subject_facet Arnold, Benedict, -- 1741-1801
Generals -- United States -- Biography
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography
United States. -- Continental Army -- Biography
Washington, George, -- 1732-1799
title_display Valiant ambition : George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution
title_full Valiant Ambition George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution The American Revolution Series, Book 2
Valiant ambition : George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution / Nathaniel Philbrick
title_short Valiant ambition :
title_sub The American Revolution Series, Book 2
topic_facet Arnold, Benedict
Biography & Autobiography
Generals
History
Military
Nonfiction
Washington, George