Anybody out there who hasn't heard of Benedict Arnold? The traitor to our country? We all know the story of the treason but does anyone know about his father? About the disgrace? About how he lost his family to yellow fever? This is a fiery figure who never toed the line and who thought big and acted big from his childhood and on into manhood. But why treason? The author clearly is fascinated by and sympathetic to this unusual and unpredictable character who led his men up to Ft. Ticonderoga and Quebec against incredible challenges and deprivation. He had no military training yet took responsibility and burdens on his shoulders and set forth to win the war. Yet, his desire for money seemed to be his overriding life purpose. It is an interesting step by step story of how a man of such mixed motivations followed a path of bravery and dedication and ended up in a place of disgrace. 307 pages of story and 20 pages of Source Notes Ages 10-adult
The Notorious Benedict Arnold
Roaring Brook 2010
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