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The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

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Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale.
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Hardcover, 337 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Flash Point
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Jim
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great. Arnold is simply a footnote, The Traitor, an expression, but never a real person. His heroism has been lost due to his treachery. But who was he? How could he go from one of the most heroic figures of the Revolutionary War to the most despised? Why would he have done that? This book makes no apologies for Arnold, but it does give a good accounting of the whole man. A few times, it was a bit simplistic in explaining situations, but I think that enhanced rather than detracted. Ther ...more
Mara
If you’re wandering around Saratoga National Park, you might come across an odd sculpture of a boot/leg with a cryptic dedication:
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
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Penny Johnson
Forget this is a nonficton book. Think of it rather as a swashbuckling adventure novel! It would make a great movie! Picture Benedict Arnold as the reckless, anti-authority hero who gets himself into a lot of tough situations but always manages to get the bad guy in the end. (I'm thinking of Bruce Willis in the Die Hard films or Mel Gibson in the Lethal Weapon films. Old examples, I know, but hey, I'm a grandmother!)

This book was a finalist for the 2012 YALSA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction
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Christine
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most interesting non-fiction books I have read in quite some time. It is the story of a true American hero, patriot, and General who betrayed his country. The writing is action packed and engrossing. Highly recommended.
Emily
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I admit, I did not know much about Benedict Arnold, other than what everyone else learned about him back in 4th grade history class - he was in the Revolutionary war and the most infamous US traitor. What I never knew was what predicated the decision to switch sides, and what he was like as a person. The thing that stuck with me most was something written at the end of the book - that had he not switched sides, Benedict Arnold would have been remembered as the most important hero of the Revoluti ...more
Mrs.  Barrett
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not really sure what I think of this book. At times I was totally into it and couldn't put it down. Other times, I was pretty bored. :-/

Overall, I am glad that I read it. Steve Sheinkin is a great writer and Benedict Arnold was a jerk.
Sean Black
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was the worst book I have read it was not interesting and had no action.
Scott Wilson
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
When reading most books its fun to not know how it ends. The suspense of what is coming is what makes it engaging but with the Notorious Benedict Arnold most fans of history will know the big event that defines Arnold's life but not how his life came to that point.

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
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Nancy Knab
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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

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Jimmy
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing this book from the perspective of the Christian worldview.
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
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Cheryl
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This definitely qualifies for the espionage tag (in the group Play Book Tag)!

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
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Ruger VanWie
This book was terrible I would rather go shopping with my mom for clothes then read another page. The one thing that I liked was.......NOTHING!!
Sophie Klein
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought that overall it was a not great book. There were some parts of the book that were very interesting and i couldn't put the book down but some parts were the opposite. Some parts of the book were very boring and moved very slow. I feel like there was no big climax to the book. The best part of the book for me was the end.
Kathrina
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, memoirs-bios
Ostensibly, this book is for young adults, but anyone who isn't interested in reading 400 dense pages of details will enjoy this swift, engaging account of an American personality we all recognize by name, but few of us can describe. Take a look at some of the reviews here, and you'll find lots of younger readers who expected not to like this, but found Sheinkin's writing so compelling that they forgot they were reading history. I came to this book after reading Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal ...more
Emily
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, it was a great read and I got through it very quickly and was disappointed at the end because I didn't want it to end. The author did an excellent job and not only told Arnold's history but also took you into his mind and gave you a feel for why Arnold turned.

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
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Lauren Stoolfire
Very impressive biography of Benedict Arnold. I learned so much more from Sheinkin's biography than I had ever learned in school. Going in I pretty much only knew (probably the same with so many other readers) that Arnold was infamous traitor from the American Revolution. I had no idea that he began as such a hero! If you think you don't like non-fiction, think again. This is a brilliantly told action-packed work that focuses on the real life fearless hero turned infamous villain. Sheinkin's The ...more
Barb
I was looking for some books to read with my ten year old daughter when I came across this one. I was interested in learning something about Benedict Arnold, I recently stumbled across the fact that he was a brave soldier of the Revolution before his error in judgment and fall from grace.

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
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Edward Sullivan
Benedict Arnold is a fascinating character and Sheinkin brings him vividly to life in this lively, informative and quite engaging portrait. This is a biography written specifically for a teenage audience but any adult reader who enjoys a gripping, good story with a compelling character will enjoy it, too. I certainly did!
Sarah Bernasconi
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was by far one of the worst books I have ever read. It was very dull and boring and had no way of intriguing me. I had a lot of trouble just being able to finish this book. This book had few moments where I was able to read and enjoy it, But when it did the wording was great. I think I got my hopes up too high after I read the first AMAZING sentence
Ms. Jackson
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even though it took me a long time to read, this is a really good book about Benedict Arnold's life. The author did a great job of relating the facts in an exciting way, especially when his treachery is discovered!
L. Sevilla
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fairy indulging in the beginning, although all of the names and dates become rather dull with only a spark of excitement or good storytelling every once in a while. The overall story that this book tells of is a fascinating story that should be told in history books, although heavily ruins it.
Elizabeth Baldwin
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought that it was a wee bit boring. I thought that because I already knew the ending I was not hooked in. I did not like how small of a character Peggy was. I did like how she was in the book at the end though. It seemed like there was no climax. Also it seemed like the author lagged on. I did like how it seemed like there was a lot of research went into the book
Nick Mosley
Jan 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
i dont like this book, its boring. theres no action and its kinda slow . its not funny, cool or anything its BORING. every page i turned there was a desert in my brain, i mean i didnt pay alot of attention becouse it was sooooo boring that i would rather walk through the dessert seven times.
Natalie Bronchetti
I wasn't a big fan of the book. It wasn't very interesting, I got bored while reading. There was some drama in the book and that was a little bit entertaining but, there wasn't really a climax so therefore I did not like this book.
David
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like you can't go wrong with a Steve Sheinkin book. My two favorites ("Bomb" and "Most Dangerous") were excellent and my least favorite ("The Port Chicago 50") was good. This book about Benedict Arnold is very good.

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
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Elisabeth
Jan 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
To be honest I didn't really like this book. When I first opened this book it was really good and well written, but I feel like as it went on the author was just trying to fill up the book with random stuff. Like really boring details about Benedict's life!!!! It's like a textbook but written as a nonfiction book. Wouldn't recommend!!!!
But do read if your English teacher or you have to.
Ken
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good nonfiction for young adult readers is harder to come by than good fiction. Like cavalry over the hill, then, rides The Notorious Benedict Arnold, a book whose ending we know before we start -- but will the kids? I suppose it depends on the curriculum, when they get American history, and to what extent. But even for veterans like me, the book offers details either forgotten or never known.

Benedict Arnold couldn't get out of his own personality's way. His father of the same name, a drunken d
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Matthew Barron
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
to be brave when it is hard.
Diana Martocci
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think the theme of this book is not all things that seem bad are bad because we imagine benedict Arnold as this terrible person but really he helped us in many ways and needed money so he helped the British
Melike Y
Never give up and don't be a traitor because when he switched sides no one liked him.
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