Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered

Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered

Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero An American Warrior Reconsidered Benedict Arnold stands as one of the most vilified figures in American history Stories of his treason have so come to define him that his name like that of Judas is virtually synonymous with treason

  • Title: Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered
  • Author: James Kirby Martin
  • ISBN: 9780814756461
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • Benedict Arnold stands as one of the most vilified figures in American history Stories of his treason have so come to define him that his name, like that of Judas, is virtually synonymous with treason.Yet Arnold was one of the most heroic and remarkable men of his time, indeed in all of American history A brilliant military leader of uncommon bravery, Arnold dedicated hiBenedict Arnold stands as one of the most vilified figures in American history Stories of his treason have so come to define him that his name, like that of Judas, is virtually synonymous with treason.Yet Arnold was one of the most heroic and remarkable men of his time, indeed in all of American history A brilliant military leader of uncommon bravery, Arnold dedicated himself to the Revolutionary cause, sacrificing family life, health, and financial well being for a conflict that left him physically crippled, sullied by false accusations, and profoundly alienated from the American cause of liberty By viewing Arnold s life backward through the prism of his treason, we invariably succumb to the demonizations that arose only after his abandonment of the rebel forces We thereby overlook his critical role as one of the influential actors in the American Revolution.Distinguished historian James Kirby Martin s landmark biography, the result of a decade s labor, stands as an invaluable antidote to this historical distortion Careful not to endow the Revolutionary generation with mythical proportions of virtue, Martin shows how self serving, venal behavior was just as common in the Revolutionary era as in our own time Arnold, a deeply committed patriot, suffered acutely because of his lack of political savvy in dealing with those who attacked his honor and reputation Tracing Arnold s life, from his difficult childhood through his grueling winter trek across the howling Maine wilderness, his valiant defense of Lake Champlain, and his crucial role in the Quebec and Saratoga campaigns, Martin has given us an entirely new perspective on this dramatic and exceptional life, set against the tumultuous background of the American Revolution.

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    This is the best biography of Benedict Arnold available. Unfortunately, the narrative stops without discussing his treason or his life after defecting to the enemy. Granted, the author's goal was to reexamine Arnold's achievements (and there were many) without scrutinizing his every move in search of evidence that he would later become a traitor. While this helps to humanize Arnold, it seems a little like chickening out to not analyze what was probably the pivotal moment in Arnold's life and one [...]

    Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero by James Kirby Martin was recommended to me by a Park Ranger at the Saratoga National Battlefield Park. It is a well written biography that covers Arnold's period when he was one of the leading generals in the American Revolution. It basically stops after the Saratoga Campaign.Benedict Arnold was one of the best generals in Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He nearly conquered Quebec against a larger, better equipped and entrenched foe. Had he succ [...]

    A much needed biography that focuses the real factors that lead to Arnold's decision to switch sides in the American Revolutionary War. This book is so thoughtful and balanced that it makes me wonder why so many other biographies and histories get published in spite of their superficially. After reading this book, it leaves me thinking that the real traitors were those, such as Horation Gates, who worked at bringing down both Arnold and George Washington, as well as others, to advance their own [...]

    Benedict Arnold has fallen into folklore. There were so many myths that I believed about this figure that just weren't true. Arnold began as a patriot who was willing to give his all to the revolution. He was really an incredible leader, America's Hannibal, and deserved more recognition than he ever received. Lay part of the blame on the congress whose daily workings had little to do with republicanism and part of the blame on the jealousy of officers who received their commissions because they [...]

    The author reviews the true history of Arnold. We all know about Arnold and that he betrayed America, but why did he do it? This book explains many of the reasons why and who pushed Arnold to become a traitor. Washington, Adams, Dean and many other not so famous people all play a part in Arnold's life. Enjoy this book.

    James Kirby Martin does a superb job of narrating Benedict Arnold's early life and stirring service for the Patriot cause. He does not condone Arnold's treason, but he does strip away numerous apocryphal tales of Arnold's alleged unsavory personality to paint a more balanced picture of America's most infamous warrior-a warrior who, had he died on the field of Saratoga, would have gone down in history as an American hero.

    This is the third biography I have read about Arnold. I see that some are disappointed because this book ends after Saratoga and before Philadelphia and Ticonderoga but that didn't bother me. This book really is about establishing the cause for Arnold's disenchantment and his ultimate treason and it does quite well. I have two Arnold biographies to digest and this man's story is well worth studying in detail by all Americans. Arnold's life is a wealth of lessons for all of us.

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