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

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
2016.
Language:
English
Description
From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and In the Hurricane's Eye comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold."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, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."Wall Street JournalIn September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780525426783
9780698153233
9780147524362
9780147524393
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 96d866b5-3130-8119-18de-d19595db21a8
Grouping Title valiant ambition george washington benedict arnold and the fate of the american revolution
Grouping Author philbrick nathaniel
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-07-17 01:48:04AM
Last Indexed 2019-07-17 02:52:05AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Brick, Scott,
author Nathaniel Philbrick
author2-role Brick, Scott,narrator., Penguin Audio (Firm)
author_display Nathaniel Philbrick
available_at_catalog Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Central, Colonial Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Franklin, North Natomas, Orangevale, Rio Linda, South Natomas, Southgate, Sylvan Oaks, Valley Hi-North Laguna
detailed_location_catalog Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Central, Colonial Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Franklin, McClatchy, North Natomas, Orangevale, Rio Linda, South Natomas, Southgate, Sylvan Oaks, Valley Hi-North Laguna
display_description From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and In the Hurricane's Eye comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
"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, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."
Wall Street Journal
In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within.
Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.
format_catalog Book, CD Audiobook, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
id 96d866b5-3130-8119-18de-d19595db21a8
isbn 9780147524362, 9780147524393, 9780525426783, 9780698153233
item_details ils:.b24156954|.i73802141|North Natomas|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||nnta||, ils:.b24156954|.i73885721|Folsom Adult|973.382 PHI 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||fola||, ils:.b24156954|.i73885733|Folsom Adult|973.382 PHI 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||fola||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995307|Central|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||cena||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995319|Elk Grove|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||elka||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995320|Franklin|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||fraa||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995332|Fair Oaks|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||faia||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995344|Southgate|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||soua||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995356|Valley Hi-North Laguna|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||vala||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995368|Sylvan Oaks|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||syla||, ils:.b24156954|.i7399537x|Orangevale|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||oraa||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995381|Sylvan Oaks|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||Due Aug 6, 2019||syla||, ils:.b24156954|.i73995393|McClatchy|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||Due Aug 6, 2019||mcca||, ils:.b24156954|.i7399540x|Carmichael|973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||cara||, ils:.b24207688|.i74028182|Rio Linda|CD 973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||rioa||, ils:.b24207688|.i74028200|Belle Cooledge|CD 973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||cooa||, ils:.b24207688|.i74028212|South Natomas|CD 973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||nata||, ils:.b24207688|.i74028224|North Natomas|CD 973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||nnta||, ils:.b24207688|.i75624485|Colonial Heights|CD 973.382 P545 2016|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||chsa||, overdrive:0609731a-51d5-4a15-8c72-a3c57ce992e0|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|3|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||, overdrive:0609731a-51d5-4a15-8c72-a3c57ce992e0|-2|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||, overdrive:0609731a-51d5-4a15-8c72-a3c57ce992e0|3|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|0|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||, overdrive:0609731a-51d5-4a15-8c72-a3c57ce992e0|4|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|0|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||, overdrive:0609731a-51d5-4a15-8c72-a3c57ce992e0|5|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|0|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||, overdrive:7f8e9562-513c-427f-9822-8f4cc53770d7|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||, overdrive:7f8e9562-513c-427f-9822-8f4cc53770d7|-2|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|2|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Checked Out||||, overdrive:7f8e9562-513c-427f-9822-8f4cc53770d7|3|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|0|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||, overdrive:7f8e9562-513c-427f-9822-8f4cc53770d7|4|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|0|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||, overdrive:7f8e9562-513c-427f-9822-8f4cc53770d7|5|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|0|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Adu CD/Spoken Word, Adult Book Non-Fiction
last_indexed 2019-07-17T09:52:05.994Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 973.382 P545 2016, CD 973.382 P545 2016
owning_library_catalog Sacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalog Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Central, Colonial Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Franklin, McClatchy, North Natomas, Orangevale, Rio Linda, South Natomas, Southgate, Sylvan Oaks, Valley Hi-North Laguna
primary_isbn 9780525426783
publishDate 2016
record_details ils:.b24156954|Book|Books||English|Viking,|2016.|427 pages, [32] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm., ils:.b24207688|CD Audiobook|Audio Books||English|Books on Tape ;|2016.|11 sound discs (ca. 13.5 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in., overdrive:0609731a-51d5-4a15-8c72-a3c57ce992e0|eBook|eBook||English|Penguin Publishing Group|2016|, overdrive:7f8e9562-513c-427f-9822-8f4cc53770d7|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|2016|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:7f8e9562-513c-427f-9822-8f4cc53770d7 -2 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
ils:.b24156954 .i73995381 Checked Out Checked Out false false true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i7399540x On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i7399537x On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73995393 Checked Out Checked Out false false true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73995344 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73995368 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73995332 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73885721 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false 9999
ils:.b24156954 .i73802141 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73995307 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73995320 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73885733 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false 9999
ils:.b24156954 .i73995356 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
ils:.b24156954 .i73995319 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
overdrive:0609731a-51d5-4a15-8c72-a3c57ce992e0 -2 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:.b24207688 .i74028200 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 9999 11
ils:.b24207688 .i75624485 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 9999 11
ils:.b24207688 .i74028224 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 9999 11
ils:.b24207688 .i74028212 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 9999 11
ils:.b24207688 .i74028182 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 9999 11
series The American Revolution
series_with_volume The American Revolution|
subject_facet Arnold, Benedict, -- 1741-1801, Audiobooks, Generals -- United States -- Biography, United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography, United States. -- Continental Army -- Biography, Washington, George, -- 1732-1799
title_display Valiant ambition : George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution
title_full Valiant Ambition George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution The American Revolution Series, Book 2, Valiant ambition : George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution / Nathaniel Philbrick
title_short Valiant ambition :
title_sub George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
topic_facet Arnold, Benedict, Biography & Autobiography, Generals, History, Military, Nonfiction, Washington, George