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The tragedy of Benedict Arnold : an American life

Author: Joyce Lee Malcolm
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Pegasus Books cloth editionView all editions and formats
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Historian Joyce Lee Malcolm skillfully unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world. There was his dramatic victory against the British at Saratoga in 1777 and his troubled childhood in a pre-revolutionary America beset with class tension and economic instability. We witness his brilliant wartime military exploits and learn of his contentious relationship with a newly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Benedict Arnold; Benedict Arnold
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Lee Malcolm
ISBN: 1681777371 9781681777375
OCLC Number: 1005686008
Awards: George Washington Prize finalist, 2019
Description: xx, 410 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The price of honor --
Great expectations --
Descent --
The fortunes of war --
Taking charge --
Smooth and choppy waters --
Love, marriage, duels, and honor --
"My country called" --
The race to seize forts --
Buried in the public calamity --
Honor in a "direful howling wilderness" --
A fierce attack, a winter siege --
Defending the lakes --
Don't tread on me --
"Besmirched honor" --
Savage warfare --
Defending New York, again --
The fatal blow --
The wages of victory --
The eye of the storm --
The court-martial --
Becoming Gustavus Monk --
Treason --
Afterword --
Final thoughts.
Responsibility: Joyce Lee Malcolm.
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Historian Joyce Lee Malcolm skillfully unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world. There was his dramatic victory against the British at Saratoga in 1777 and his troubled childhood in a pre-revolutionary America beset with class tension and economic instability. We witness his brilliant wartime military exploits and learn of his contentious relationship with a newly formed and fractious Congress, fearful of powerful military leaders, like Arnold, who could threaten the nation's fragile democracy. Throughout, Malcolm weaves in portraits of Arnold's great allies--George Washington, General Schuyler, his beautiful and beloved wife Peggy Shippen, and others--as well as his unrelenting enemy John Adams, British General Clinton, and master spy John Andre. Thrilling and thought-provoking, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold sheds new light on a man--as well on the nuanced and complicated time in which he lived.

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