Benedict Arnold by Willard Sterne Randall
Patriot and Traitor

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In the first contemporary biography of Benedict Arnold, prize-winning journalist and historian Willard Sterne Randall unearths startling new evidence on the most famous treason in American history, explaining why the man George Washington considered his best general changed sides in the American Revolution. Randall uncovers documents long considered lost in Europe and America and analyzes Arnold's agonized career as a patriot and soldier. Benedict Arnold nearly succeeded in conquering Canada for the Americans, built the first American fleet, and repeatedly battled the British to a standstill. Then, crippled in combat, Arnold turned bitter as he became embroiled in conflicts with other generals, politicians in Congress, and Washington himself. Humiliated by public court martial, he plotted to betray his closest comrades in a conspiracy with his wife. Defecting to the British, he savagely attacked his native land, very nearly capturing Thomas Jefferson. In exile, Arnold was spurned by his old friends and enemies, becoming a man without a country.

"Randall's Benedict Arnold is one of the finest political biographies published in years." - London Times Literary Supplement

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Willard Sterne Randall is the Visiting Professor of Humanities at Champlain College in Vermont and an expert on early U.S. history. He received the Sidney Hillman Prize and the National Magazine Award as an investigative reporter. His book, "Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and "A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin" and His Son won the Frank Luther Mott Prize. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his family.
Published December 3, 2013 by New Word City, Inc.. 685 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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(Randall is less successful in answering why Arnold was virtually the only major Continental commander to turn traitor, among many who suffered from politicians' interference.) Ultimately, Arnold was reviled by Americans for pillaging Virginia and Connecticut and for plotting to betray his benefa...

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