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The Notorious Benedict Arnold

A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery
Sheinkin, Steve (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold

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An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.
Authors: Sheinkin, Steve
Title: The notorious Benedict Arnold
a true story of adventure, heroism, & treachery
Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 337 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Steve Sheinkin
Notes: "Rb flash point."
Contents: Clearing the woods: October 2, 1780
Benedict Arnold: January 14, 1741
Pranks and plays: 1751-1762
Making of a rebel: 1762-1775
Arnold's war: April 19-May 9, 1775
Across the lake: May 10-May 15
Trouble at Fort Ti: May 18-June 19, 1775
Enter André: June 1775
A risky proposition: July 1-September 18, 1775
To the Dead River: September 18-October 17, 1775
Critical and alarming: October 19-October 29, 1775
City on a cliff: October 29-November 8, 1775
Prisoner of war: September-November 1775
To the storming: November 8-December 30, 1775
Battle for Quebec: December 31, 1775
Blockade in the snow: January 1-February 27, 1776
André in Pennsylvania: January-July 1776
The last man out: May 6-July 28, 1776
Arnold's motley crew: August 1-October 11, 1776
Battle of Valcour Island: October 11, 1776
The revolution lives: October 12-November 2, 1776
André fights on: November 1776-April 1777
A question of honor: January 4-April 25, 1777
Exceedingly unhappy: April 25-July 11, 1777
Arnold rides north: July 11-August 24, 1777
Conquer or die: August 28-September 20, 1777
Bloody piece of work: September 1777
Beyond reconciliation: September 20-October 7, 1777
Fracture box: October 8, 1777-January 20, 1778
Peggy Shippen: November 1777-April 1778
Back to Philadelphia: April 1-June 19, 1778
Cupid's wound: June 20-September 14, 1778
Arnold under attack: September 25, 1778-February 28, 1779
André in New York: September 1778-April 1779
Delay worse than death: April 8-May 7, 1779
Everything at stake: May 10-May 30, 1779
The price of West Point: June 1779-July 1780
Attacking Fort Arnold: July 31-September 17, 1780
The floating Vulture: September 19-September 22, 1780
No-man's land: September 22-September 23, 1780
Papers of a dangerous tendency: September 23-September 25, 1780
A scene too shocking: September 25, 1780
Ready at any moment: September 26-October 2, 1780
The devil's reward: October 3-November 14, 1780
I must never return: 1780/1804
Summary: An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.
ISBN: 9781596434868
Branch Call Number: j B-A75s 2010
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Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Aside from his name and the simple fact that he was an important traitor during the Revolutionary War, I really didn't know all that much about Benedict Arnold before reading this book. It turns out he's a fascinating figure. And I don't mean "fascinating" in an academic sense; he has a great, entertaining story. --- And author Sheinkin does a great job of telling that story (I waffled between 4 and 5 stars). There is excellent drama, tension, pacing, and plotting. Yet this is no fictionalized or even dramatized account, because Sheinkin is also very journalistic and doesn't resort to conjecture to fill in blank spots. There aren't quite full dialogue exchanges, but there are lots of quotes from letters and other primary source documents that fill that role nicely, personalizing the events and revealing the thoughts and emotions behind the reported actions. This is extensively researched. --- If he hadn't been so concerned with restoring his family name and living a life of privilege, Benedict Arnold most likely would have gone down in history as one of the great American heroes. He was a brash, adventurous, independent, hot-tempered man of action who accomplished some of the war's great feats before becoming alienated and disillusioned; and it was those same traits that made him such a daredevil on the battlefield that also caused his downfall, his confrontational, unrestrained manner that annoyed and angered the many who shared widely their negative opinions of him. George Washington felt there was no one more qualified on the battlefield, yet the political necessity of uniting the new country often prevented him from capitalizing on Arnold's talents, as he was too divisive a figure. Starting with his youthful stunts like walking the peaked roof a burning barn and throwing a lit match into a gunpowder-filled cannon, his exploits, adventures, and tragic downfall make for a highly absorbing tale. --- Anyone looking for a good adventure novel ought to consider this along with the more typical fiction options.

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  • dblockniles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great war adventure!


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Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Benedict Arnold never could stand inaction. So he decided to invade Canada. . . . The fact that no one had told Arnold to lead the first foreign invasion in American history meant nothing to him. It was the right strategic move, and he made it.


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