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The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
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Feb 03, 12

bookshelves: course-reading, young-adult
Read in January, 2012

“That is how Benedict Arnold lived his life. There were long periods of hard work occasionally interrupted by explosions of temper.”

Known as America’s most infamous traitor, this biographical nonfiction young adult novel shares the other side of this of this once rising political patriot through his heroic battles for a budding country, success as Commander of America’s first naval fleet and his grueling 600-mile reconnaissance mission up the formidable Kennebec River to Quebec.

Arnold possessed passionate political sentiment, but also a brash, bossy temperament that won him many enemies along with his conquests. His notorious downfall was caused by the steady build-up of years of hostile relationships, personal snubs and his pride. Until his death, he never saw his wrong doing and claimed, “I have ever acted from a principle of love to my country.”

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