The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
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In memory of the "most brilliant soldier" of the Continental Army who was desperately wounded on this spot the sally port of BORGOYNES GREAT WESTERN REDOUBT 7th October, 1777 winning for his countrymen the decisive battle of the American Revolution and for himself the rank of Major General.You might think that it was some sort of twisted riff on the Tomb ...more
This book was a finalist for the 2012 YALSA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction ...more
I found Sheinkin's writing to be very affective at slowly building the tension as you see Arnold's personal and professional life unraveling because you know what it leads to. Make no mistake I do not believe that Arnold's disappointm ...more
Benedict Arnold, my favorite traitor!
Aaron Burr was a traitor. James Wilkinson, while not labeled “traitor”, was at least despicable. There were others, but none as dynamic and celebrated as Benedict Arnold whose name became synonymous with “traitor.”
“He was a thrill seeker, a natural athlete, a born show-off.”
“He longed for action, craved attention, and bristled at anything he perceived as criticism or disrespect.”
He was a loyal patriot and a dashing hero of the American Revolution, until he wa
For most American, no name symbolizes betrayal and treason like the name Benedict Arnold. Yet for most people, no other historical details usually accompany the name besides the fact that he lived during the Revolutionary War and eventually sided with the British. This book is an excellent read of the story of Benedict Arnold and the author wrote it in a narrative form that feels like a novel. Halfway into the book my mind ...more
If you're into history, or biography, or adventure, or flawed heroes, you'll love this book. If you're not (like me) you just might love it anyway (as I did).
Sheinkin did a lot of research, as he notes in appendices. A good fair bit of material was available, so much of what he wrote up in this relatively short book is verifiable. I do think that he may have been biased to interpretations that not all historians would a ...more
At the beginning of the history I found it hard to believe this was the man who would betray his country. He was loyal to the colonies and defiant to the crown, refusing to pay taxes and joining up right away when the co ...more
I was impressed with Steve Sheinkin's writing style and thought he did an excellent job of portraying Benedict Arnold as a human being with strengths and flaws. I really didn't know much about Arnold and now tha ...more
As a YA book it may lack the depth and complexity serious history buffs seek but for a casual reader like me it was entertaining and informative. (I don't want to make it sound like this book is too lightweight, it appears to be very well sourced.) The short chapters kept the s ...more
But do read if your English teacher or you have to.
Benedict Arnold couldn't get out of his own personality's way. His father of the same name, a drunken d ...more
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I was born in Brooklyn, NY, and my family lived in Mississippi and Colorado before moving back to New York and settling in the suburbs north of New York City. As a kid my favorite books were action stories and outdoor adventures: sea stories, searches for buried treasure, sharks eating people… that kind of thing. Probably my all-time favorite was a book called ...more