Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick audiobook

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

By Nathaniel Philbrick
Read by Scott Brick

Penguin Audio, Penguin Random House 9780525426783
13.31 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780147524379

A New York Times Bestseller Winner of the George Washington Prize A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold, from the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and In the Hurricane's Eye. "May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age—a volume that turns one of America’s best-known narratives on its head.”—Boston Globe "Clear and insightful, [Valiant Ambition] consolidates Philbrick's reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."—Wall Street Journal In the second book of his acclaimed American Revolution series, Nathaniel Philbrick turns to the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental army under an unsure George Washington evacuated New York after a devastating defeat by the British army. Three weeks later, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeded in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have lost the war. As this book ends, four years later Washington has vanquished his demons, and Arnold has fled to the enemy. America was forced at last to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from withinComplex, controversial, and dramatic, Valiant Ambition is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A 2016 New England Book Award Finalist

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Best History Books of 2016

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016

A BookPage Top Pick for May 2016

A New York Times Bestseller Winner of the George Washington Prize A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold, from the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and In the Hurricane's Eye. "May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age—a volume that turns one of America’s best-known narratives on its head.”—Boston Globe "Clear and insightful, [Valiant Ambition] consolidates Philbrick's reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."—Wall Street Journal In the second book of his acclaimed American Revolution series, Nathaniel Philbrick turns to the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental army under an unsure George Washington evacuated New York after a devastating defeat by the British army. Three weeks later, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeded in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have lost the war. As this book ends, four years later Washington has vanquished his demons, and Arnold has fled to the enemy. America was forced at last to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from withinComplex, controversial, and dramatic, Valiant Ambition is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I thought I had a pretty good handle on the war. Philbrick proved me wrong with his fascinating history of the years from 1776 to 1780, when the new country teetered between victory and disaster…Philbrick’s eye for the illuminating detail and his clear writing keeps the story taut…Riveting and relevant, Valiant Ambition explodes the myth that a triumphant revolution was inevitable.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Philbrick’s deep scholarship, nuanced analysis, and novelistic storytelling add up to another triumph.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Philbrick weaves exciting accounts of Arnold’s impulsive battlefield exploits with the activities of self-interested military and civil associates into the demythified story of the circumstances of a tragic betrayal. This page-turner will be valued by both casual readers and historians.” Library Journal
“Philbrick treats his subjects with respect, painting complex portraits of historical figures who were real—and flawed—people. The fluctuating landscapes of loyalty and betrayal, the constant tug of self-interest, and the question of how best to govern a new nation provide nuance and depth.” Shelf Awareness
“A quintessentially American tale that traces the ascent of one great leader and the downfall of another. BookPage
“A lively account of our Revolutions’ most reviled figure.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Nathaniel Philbrick

Author Bio: Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the National Book Award–winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, Revenge of the Whale, Sea of Glory, and others. Philbrick has won numerous awards for his work, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the Albion-Monroe Award, and the New England Book Award; his book Mayflower was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His book The Last Stand was named an ALA Notable Book and was the basis for a two-hour PBS American Experience film called Custer’s Last Stand. A graduate of Duke and Brown Universities, he currently lives in New England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English