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The man in the mirror : a life of Benedict Arnold

Author: Clare Brandt
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this illuminating biography of America's notorious traitor, Clare Brandt brings alive the times and the life of Benedict Arnold, one of history's most complex and confounding figures. Benedict Arnold has long been portrayed as an American Judas, the embodiment of hypocrisy and betrayal. In Clare Brandt's "masterful" and "eminently readable" biography, we discover the man behind the legend - a driven and often
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brandt, Clare.
Man in the mirror.
New York : Random House, ©1994
(OCoLC)622927815
Named Person: Benedict Arnold; Benedict Arnold; Benedict Arnold; Benedict Arnold; Benedict Arnold
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clare Brandt
ISBN: 0679401067 9780679401063
OCLC Number: 27186719
Description: xxii, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: "A very uncertain stay", 1741-1762 --
"Sibi Totique", 1762-April 1775 --
"I am determined to insist on my right", April-July 1775 --
"An idle life ... a lingering death", July-August 1775 --
"Our gallant colonel", September-November 1775 --
"The nursery of heroes", November-December, 1775 --
"Shining in history", January-May 1776 --
"Nice and delicate honor", May-August 1776 --
"The countenance of the enemy", August-October 1776 --
"Our evil genius", November 1776-July 1777 --
"The fury of a demon", August-October 1777 --
"The dictates of my heart", October 1777-May 1778 --
"An insatiable thirst for riches", June-September 1778 --
"I am not to be intimidated", October 1778-May 1779 --
"Conscious of my own innocence", May 1779-July 1780 --
The vulture, August 5-September 25, 1780 --
"A looking-glass world", September 26-December 20, 1780 --
"A life of jobs", December 1780-December 1781 --
"A philosopher in my own defense", 1782-1791 --
"Her ever dear and sorrowed husband", 1792-1801 --
Epilogue : Peggy, at last.
Responsibility: Clare Brandt.
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Abstract:

In this illuminating biography of America's notorious traitor, Clare Brandt brings alive the times and the life of Benedict Arnold, one of history's most complex and confounding figures. Benedict Arnold has long been portrayed as an American Judas, the embodiment of hypocrisy and betrayal. In Clare Brandt's "masterful" and "eminently readable" biography, we discover the man behind the legend - a driven and often brilliant military leader whose social and personal.

Insecurities, ambitions, and longings for material wealth undermined his superior qualities and talents. In the early months of the Revolutionary War, Arnold's dramatic march to Quebec made him a public hero. His conduct at the Battle of Saratoga two years later confirmed his reputation as America's greatest fighting general. But even though he was hailed as a hero and a patriot, Arnold yearned for more - including the status and wealth his family had lost during his.

Childhood. Clare Brandt shows how Arnold's contradictory impulses and volatile personality alienated his contemporaries, including his champion, George Washington. She describes his love affair with a beautiful young woman from Philadelphia's aristocracy, a relationship that ultimately contributed to Arnold's decision to commit one of the most treacherous acts in American history. A superb work of biography and history, The Man in the Mirror is full of surprising.

Insights not only into a man but also into a fascinating time, the period of the Revolutionary War in America.

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