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  • Valiant Ambition George Washington Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution
  • Nathaniel Philbrick
  • English
  • 10 January 2020
  • 9780525426783

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review 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 review ✓ 3 read & download Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB á Nathaniel Philbrick 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 matter. I expected this book to be about the defection of Benedict Arnold to the British than a history of the American Revolution But in order to understand why Arnold did what he did you need to know some of his reasoning why Hence the history lesson This is the fourth book by Nathaniel Philbrick that I have read and he is always very thorough in the information he relates to the reader I learned many new facts about the revolutionary times and Arnold in particular Especially the events of Arnold s proposed treasonous acts and how close the Americans came on occasions than one to losing the War for Independence This book was very well researched and written I was not disappointed Getting Naked 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 Invisible Jim Crow rebellion As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led Washington’s unmatched ability to The Vault Guide to the Case Interview rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that The Castle Diaries really matter. I expected this book to be about the defection of Benedict Arnold to the British than a history of the American Revolution But in order to understand why Arnold did what he did you need to know some of his The Song of the Mockingbird reasoning why Hence the history lesson This is the fourth book by Nathaniel Philbrick that I have Sir Halmanac and the Crimson Star read and he is always very thorough in the information he Souls in the Great Machine relates to the Judge Dredd Chronicles #19 reader I learned many new facts about the THE WALLPAPER CHASE revolutionary times and Arnold in particular Especially the events of Arnold s proposed treasonous acts and how close the Americans came on occasions than one to losing the War for Independence This book was very well SpongeBob Mix Match researched and written I was not disappointed

review 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

review 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 review ✓ 3 read & download Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB á Nathaniel Philbrick Eeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war Four years later as the book ends Washington has vanuished 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. Profound naval historian Nathaniel Philbrick has undertaken a daunting two part character study of Benedict Arnold and George Washington in which their leadership styles and loyalties are compared and analyzed He begins the book with a precursor to the Revolutionary War leading to the year 1776 and uite like the brief ending leaves the bare minimum amount of room necessary for further evaluation As there are already library shelves dedicated solely to George Washington and Arnold it was an interesting approach to show the two men early on as compatriots who once held a deep respect for one another as well as the Revolutionary causeWhile Arnold s background as a brilliant commander of both naval and land battles is often underscored by stories of his treason Philbrick almost does him justice by focusing an entire chapter on his nautical brilliance on Lake Champlain However he regrettably misses the opportunity of covering Arnold s seizure of Fort Ticonderoga and harrowing march to uebec where he earns his true fame and gains the courage that is displayed later on at Lake Champlain and the Battles of Saratoga It was both fortunate and interesting to see James Wilkinson getting his fair debasement as a true villain rogue and schemer even early on in the Revolutionary War Tensions arise as both General Gates and Arnold are uestioned on their dual command in Saratoga and the eventual victory laurels are rather one sided One cannot help but wonder whether Gates was as much a victim of Wilkinson s scheming as Arnold Certainly Arnold s aide Richard Varick believed this was the case and claimed in a letter to Philip Schuyler that Wilkinson is at the bottom of the dispute between Arnold and Gates When word began to circulate around the camp that Arnold intended to leave many officers voiced their support for the unhappy generalPhilbrick s tone and prose are easy on the eyes and imagination as the story of Arnold s fall from grace is inevitably played out The reader will find a balanced yet unsympathetic look at how Arnold was eventually led to changing sides at the turning point of the War as well as experience the hurt confusion and outrage displayed by Washington in vivid detail While unfortunately lacking unanswered but essential uestions involving Arnold s time as a British Officer and his family s eventual exodus to England Valiant Ambition as a whole is superbly researched with dates and backgrounds of the main players involved in the treason Illustrations and maps are generously provided with over 70 images included that capture all players in the book as well as famous battles Read the Full Review and More A Year Down Yonder realize that the Getting Naked 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. Profound naval historian Nathaniel Philbrick has undertaken a daunting two part character study of Benedict Arnold and George Washington in which their leadership styles and loyalties are compared and analyzed He begins the book with a precursor to the Revolutionary War leading to the year 1776 and uite like the brief ending leaves the bare minimum amount of Invisible Jim Crow room necessary for further evaluation As there are already library shelves dedicated solely to George Washington and Arnold it was an interesting approach to show the two men early on as compatriots who once held a deep The Vault Guide to the Case Interview respect for one another as well as the Revolutionary causeWhile Arnold s background as a brilliant commander of both naval and land battles is often underscored by stories of his treason Philbrick almost does him justice by focusing an entire chapter on his nautical brilliance on Lake Champlain However he The Castle Diaries regrettably misses the opportunity of covering Arnold s seizure of Fort Ticonderoga and harrowing march to uebec where he earns his true fame and gains the courage that is displayed later on at Lake Champlain and the Battles of Saratoga It was both fortunate and interesting to see James Wilkinson getting his fair debasement as a true villain The Song of the Mockingbird rogue and schemer even early on in the Revolutionary War Tensions arise as both General Gates and Arnold are uestioned on their dual command in Saratoga and the eventual victory laurels are Sir Halmanac and the Crimson Star rather one sided One cannot help but wonder whether Gates was as much a victim of Wilkinson s scheming as Arnold Certainly Arnold s aide Richard Varick believed this was the case and claimed in a letter to Philip Schuyler that Wilkinson is at the bottom of the dispute between Arnold and Gates When word began to circulate around the camp that Arnold intended to leave many officers voiced their support for the unhappy generalPhilbrick s tone and prose are easy on the eyes and imagination as the story of Arnold s fall from grace is inevitably played out The Souls in the Great Machine reader will find a balanced yet unsympathetic look at how Arnold was eventually led to changing sides at the turning point of the War as well as experience the hurt confusion and outrage displayed by Washington in vivid detail While unfortunately lacking unanswered but essential uestions involving Arnold s time as a British Officer and his family s eventual exodus to England Valiant Ambition as a whole is superbly Judge Dredd Chronicles #19 researched with dates and backgrounds of the main players involved in the treason Illustrations and maps are generously provided with over 70 images included that capture all players in the book as well as famous battles Read the Full Review and More

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review 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 review ✓ 3 read & download Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB á Nathaniel Philbrick From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold   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 succ. I am at the point where I know that everything Philbrick produces makes for a stellar read His works also make a good antidote to my lament from the Everly Brothers song I don t know much about history That is especially true about colonial American history With the help of a couple of McCullough books 1776 and John Adams and two great books by Philbrick I have gotten a fair foundation With his Mayflower I got a fulsome story about Plymouth Colony and a remarkable 100 years of relative peace with the Indians ending with the carnage of King Philip s War With his Bunker Hill we skip forward to the precursors of the American Revolution and its first year with Boston and New England the focus of events That account ended with the English forces retiring from Boston to Nova Scotia Valiant Ambition picks up with the return of General Howe and his brother Admiral Howe to the war and their campaign to take New York The early revolution leading from the battles of Lexington Concord and Bunker Hill to the Declaration of Independence gets most of the limelight for the story of the War for Independence The easy impressions I used to get from these events was that of a smooth path to unification among the Colonies and of the inevitability of success Time and again in four long years of war that followed Philbrick makes it clear how the outcome of the conflict was far from certain and how much the common mythologies about it are inaccurate The first lines of his preface grabs our attention with these points We all know the story how a defiant and undisciplined collection of citizen soldiers banded together to defeat the mightiest army on earth But as those who lived through the nearly decade long saga of American Revolution were well aware that was not how it actually happened The real Revolution was so troubling and strange that once the struggle was over a generation did its best to remove all traces of the truth No one wanted to remember how after boldly declaring their independence they had so uickly lost their way how patriotic zeal had lapsed into cynicism and self interest and how just when all seemed lost a traitor had saved them from themselvesIt s a strange kind of war to consider The actual number of combatants in the war was relatively small and the territory as stake was huge The Brits could put only limited forces in play given their far flung empire never than a few tens of thousands including German mercenary troops known as Hessians But they were relatively better trained and were armed with significant artillery and real warships The colonies had poorly armed and trained volunteer militia which little capacity to act as a unified and coordinated force A large fraction of the population still loyal to the British monarchy and perhaps a majority were not fully committed to the sacrifices reuired by all out war Philbrick captures well the tenuous fate of the nascent republic with a close focus on the character and actions of its military leader Washington and one of his star generals Benedict Arnold whose defection to the Brits led to his name becoming synonymous with treachery and betrayalRepresentatives from the colonies met periodically as the Continental Congress and hired the Virginia planter George Washington as commander based on his experience serving the British in the French and Indian War But there was no national government structure to raise taxes to support a professional army Each member state of the emerging federation contributed troops on short term contracts All decisions of selection of officers for the Continental Army and its strategies were made by a civilian committee of the Congress a cumbersome political process that made it extremely challenging for Washington to effectively wage war On several occasions he worked unsuccessfully to promote Arnold who time and again showed great initiative starting with his success in 1775 in bringing critical artillery to the Boston conflict overland through northern New England from Fort Ticonderoga Through Philbrick s gifted exposition Washington s dedication to the cause is contrasted with the self serving ambitions of Arnold which paradoxically contributed both to his effectiveness and to his becoming a turncoatMy ignorance of these military campaigns was matched by low interest as it seemed it was all an inevitable footnote to the kickoff of the war in Boston But there were many turning points An early one when Howe had Washington trapped on Manhattan Island reveals an outcome based largely on Howe s restraint He truly believed that a negotiated settlement could be achieved by a demonstration of England s superior force and capacity to withhold from brutal crushing of rebel forces In a sense Howe was prescient to project that the rebellion could not be defeated by simple force of arms A blockade and occupation of key cities was a fair strategy to wear down the American will to total independence The vast rural hinterlands of the colonies was impossible to conuer in the conventional sense Once Howe had taken New York City he was stuck with defending it leaving little flexibility except for brief forays to counter rebel actions in nearby New Jersey Connecticut and Rhode Island These skirmishes gave Washington growing skills in waging a mobile semi guerilla war in contrast to his initial temptations to gamble on larger battles that would be definitive Howe s concentration on working with his admiral brother to take the capital of the rebellion Philadelphia led to his failure to adeuately support the key British strategy of dominating the Hudson River valley Attaining that objective would have effectively divided the colonies by linkage with British strongholds in uebec accessible to the St Lawrence seaway General Burgoyne worked his way down from Lake Champlain in Vermont toward Albany at the headwaters of the Hudson counting on Howe to work his way up from New York City Hudson River Valley and proximity to Lake Champlain and waterway to the St LawrenceEarly in this campaign Arnold s willingness to take risks showed up in his creative almost foolhardy naval engagements against the Brits on Lake Champlain Battle of Valcour Island This effort and his capacity for subterfuge in defending a small fort further south contributed a lot to slowing Burgoyne s progress They were the most exciting and fun to read about for me so I refrain from any details I guess the principle of spoilers really does apply to historical narratives so I also withhold describing what great sedition it was Arnold was able to make a positive contribution to the defeat of the Brits in the fall of 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga near Albany but a severe injury to his leg in the fighting slowed down his capacity for military field action for a long time In retrospect historians call this battle a turning point though three years of struggle had to play out Arnold recovered enough to take up a position as military governor of beleaguered Philadelphia and to marry to an aristocratic bride His usual pattern of living well beyond his means led to money troubles and he succumbed to corrupt money making schemes similar to ones that got him into trouble in the past Somewhere along the line it became just a small moral step for him to consider betraying the Americans to the Brits for money and position Getting himself appointed commander of the West Port fort and facilities on the upper Hudson River in 1780 put his in a good position to try something worth big rewards from the Brits In the exciting events you can read about here Arnold s plot was foiled and he made an escape to the British side This book ends pretty abruptly without covering his subseuent career and fate Nor do we get filled in Washington leading the war to its conclusion It feels like Philbrick was holding back for another book in his progression He does however weigh how the moral dimensions of Arnold as a traitor have been treated over time In 1780 he suspects the attempted sabotage of the new republic s mission energized the choice of many fence sitters to commit to the struggle for independence However I don t uite see how that justified the tantalizing phrase I uoted from the preface about how a traitor had saved them from themselves Toward the end of this account Philbrick made me aware of the contrast between the level of conflict between Loyalist and rebel populations in the North and the near civil war between partisan factions in the South Though the book focused on military campaigns Philbrick covers enough of social and political history of the times to justify this vivid picture outlined in the preface But the middle of the country was also torn apart by internal conflict much of it fought along the periphery of British occupied New York Here in this war ravaged Neutral Ground where neither side held sway neighbor preyed on neighbor in a swirling cat and dogfight that transformed large swaths of the Hudson River Valley Long Island and New Jersey into lawless wastelandsPhilbrick helped me relinuishing my simplistic semi romantic conceptions of the Revolutionary War Yet he doesn t try to suppress my American s natural sense of noble cause and pride in the accomplishments of the rebels in founding an independent nation Even so I still have the nagging sense that the colonial oppression wasn t that substantial and that the Canadians and Australians emerged as free nations without having to go through a warThis book was provided by the publisher for review through the Netgalley program