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The Notorious Benedict Arnold chapter 1 The Notorious Benedict Arnold , meaning The Notorious Benedict Arnold , genre The Notorious Benedict Arnold , book cover The Notorious Benedict Arnold , flies The Notorious Benedict Arnold , The Notorious Benedict Arnold 19ffcc1c69182 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 The Notorious Benedict Arnold Is The Winner Of TheBoston Globe Horn Book Award For Nonfiction

10 thoughts on “The Notorious Benedict Arnold

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    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 There are plenty of texts that tell the other stories it s just fair that someone finally took a better look at him.I loved the way the book wound up Sheinkin was right If Arnold had died at Saratoga rather than just been wounded, he would have been one of the most revered heroic figures of the war As it is, the only monument to him is well, read the book It was very well written read Wonderful as an audio book.Added 2019 this is a link to an article by W Hodding Carter IV Retracing Benedict Arnold s Foolhardy Upstream Voyage which was one prong of an attack on Quebec Arnold led 1100 men through the wilds of Maine in great hardship made it, even though half the men deserted He went on to keep the British too busy for their liking Carter s account is fantastic From building their own boat to all the help they received on the way, he makes a great story of it filled with drama humor.https www.outsideonline.com 2328066

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    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 of the Unknown Soldier, but you would be wrong This disembodied limb belonged to none other than The Notorious Benedict Arnold But, of course, I m getting ahead of myself First, allow me to point out something I failed to notice before diving in, which is that this book is YA non fiction It s no big secret, and it isn t a bad thing I just got over enthusiastic about the life of BA after reading a review of Washington s Spies thanks a lot Jeffrey , and a few clicks later was listening away So, I ll try my best to judge this book with its target audience in mind The eponymous Benedict Arnold was actually the sixth to bear his name The first one was alternately president and governor of the Colony of Rhode Island, while the fifth was an older brother who died as an infant, and I guess his parents just really wanted to carry on that name Young Benedict was a bit of a prankster with a flare for the dramatic, especially when it would turn heads in his direction This was all well and good though perhaps a bit dangerous when he was performing disappearing acts on the struts of the town mill wheel, but took a darker turn when he was at boarding school parading atop a barn that had, somehow, burst into flames With revolution in the air, Benedict found an outlet for his swashbuckling penchant for derring do, and joined up with the Continental Army with the outbreak of war in 1775 After clearing up the siege of Boston, Arnold who was always good at taking initiative , suggested that they might consider seizing Fort Ticonderoga, which went splendidly though some of the credit goes to Ethan Allen If there was ever a man who sought external approval from Army best shown through awards such as a seal for marksmanship and or a gorilla for sand racing , it was Benedict Arnold I don t know if it was a case of mommy daddy issues or what, but when overlooked by superiors for promotions and the like, Arnold had a tendency act quite the petulant child and also do kind of crazy things for example, invade the Socialist Republic of Canada I ve been through the mountains of Maine and the Kennebec river in the relatively cushy summer months, so I speak with some authority when I say that marching portaging an army from Boston to Quebec with winter on the way, is kind of a death wish And, for a few hundred of the troops, I d be spot on Here s the thing, results aside, Benedict was basically doing things this way because he didn t get to be Agent in Command or Captain Colonel, or Obermeisterf hrer or whatever of the first expedition to Canada an honor that went to Allen This cycle of acts of valor, lack of recognition, and subsequent pouting becomes a bit of a thing for Arnold And, of course, therein lies his downfall Arnold had legitimate grievances, but he also needed to take a break and count to ten before making any decisions about whether or not to betray his country This is where my rating might be a bit higher with the young adult market in mind Author Steve Sheinkin drives home the point as illustrated by the Saratoga monument that, were it not for his last traitorous act, Benedict Arnold would have been a hero in the eyes of history If only someone had reminded Arnold that no one likes a tattle tale before he crossed the proverbial Rubicon, he may have made different choices Traitors, it turns out, do not get a hero s welcome on either side of the pond Bummer, Benedict Not a real thing.

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    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 award Author Steve Sheinken gave us his background via a video at an ALA Midwinter reception He had always been fascinated by Benedict Arnold s story As a textbook writer he often tried to shine a spotlight on this American hero turned anti hero but was always rebuffed So he finally decided to write his own book And what a story it is I had no idea Arnold was such an important figure in the Revolutionary War He was responsible for the American victory at Saratoga, the battle considered the turning point in the war He was a high ranking general who saw action and exhibited passion than George Washington himself By the time he makes that really poor choice.well, by then I really liked him This is a fascinating and exciting account of politics and warfare and a ragtag bunch of colonials who really had no chance of defeating the biggest empire in the world But they did And Benedict Arnold was in the middle of it all.No swearing, but lots of cannons, swords and muskets A great choice for tweens and teens and history loving grown ups like me

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    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 Revolutionary War after George Washington.

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    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.

  6. says:

    This book was the worst book I have read it was not interesting and had no action.

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    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.

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    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 wasn t He was impatient and hot headed, he led his men into battle like a madman If things weren t going the way he thought they should, he took matters into his own hands His brilliant strategies saved and inspired the young nation Over and over again, he showed his valor, daring, intelligence, and fierce loyalty in the taking of Fort Ticonderoga and Saint John in May of 1775, the Battle of Quebec December 1775, Battle of the Cedars, the Battle of Valcor Island in October 1776, Battle of Ridgefield, Relief of Fort Stanwix, and Battles of Saratoga September 1777.He used his own fortune to fund the grueling trek through the wilderness of northern New England to Quebec, implementing a plan he devised for a two prong attack in coordination with General Montgomery for which he was never reimbursed He was wounded by a ball through the flesh below his left knee in Quebec At Saratoga a bullet sliced through his left leg, and the bone was further shattered as his horse landed on it, leaving him a cripple.In spite of his heroism, bravery, and sacrifices, he made enemies along the way including John Brown, James Easton, Moses Hazen, Henry Gates, and Joseph Reed These men felt they had a score to settle with Arnold and went out of their way to ruin his reputation and tarnish his name, spreading rumors that he had sacked Montreal for his own personal gain General Gates didn t even mention his name when he reported on the victory at Saratoga which Arnold had a major role in achieving.Continental Congress passed him over for promotion, while other officers claimed credit for some of his accomplishments Congress repeatedly refused to give him the respect he felt he deserved Crippled, frustrated and bitter, he arrived in Philadelphia as the newly appointed military governor where he overstepped his authority by sending 12 wagons owned by the state of Pennsylvania to be used for government business only to Egg Harbor, New Jersey to rescue the cargo from the Charming Nancy When the wagons returned to Philadelphia the merchandise was sold for an enormous profit and split between Arnold and the captain of the Nancy Arnold even made secret agreements with merchants to buy expensive food and wine while the stores were embargoed by the government.With his newfound wealth he offended the citizens of Philadelphia with his excesses, riding around town in a stylish new carriage, furnishing his house with new furniture, hiring a large staff etc He became even notorious for entertaining the Tory ladies, especially one teenage Peggy Shippen He purchased Mount Pleasant, a mansion on 90 acres overlooking the Schuylkill River, to impress Peggy s father and convince him he had the capital to support Peggy.People began to wonder where Arnold was getting his money Joseph Reed, head of the Pennsylvania Executive Council, launched an investigation which resulted in Arnold being charged with illegal purchases while the shops were closed, illegal use of public wagons for private gain, disrespectful treatment of militiaman, and disrespect toward the leaders of Pennsylvania.When he was 38 and Peggy was 18, they married Then the money ran out and he could no longer afford the lavish lifestyle Peggy expected He was now deeply in debt, with a young wife and infant son He was borrowing to pay his bills, and enraged at Congress for the slights he felt they dealt him.His antics in battle had impressed the British, but they never dreamed he would switch to their side.If he had remained loyal, he would have gone done in history as one of the greatest and most beloved heroes of the American Revolution Oh, Benedict

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    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 agree with Arnold is definitely seen as a sympathetic figure, for example, and almost forgivable.The author used a lot of direct quotes from primary sources, too, giving the story of a sense of immediacy and the less than unfavorable light shone on Arnold credibility I found it to be an engrossing read and predict that many others will, too not just the teen boys who will get encouraged by their teachers to read it But they might be the ones most likely to empathize with the heroics and mis judgements of this very colorful, strong, intelligent man.Usually Sheinkin is straight up But sometimes he slips into the vernacular a bit Arnold was trying to restore his honor He got a horse Not quite the same thing My local library catalogued this into the adult shelves Maybe a good strategy to help it find readers of all ages It does deserve to be widely read

  10. says:

    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

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