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The Notorious Benedict Arnold

A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Bravery
Sheinkin, Steve (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold
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An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.
Authors: Sheinkin, Steve
Title: The notorious Benedict Arnold
a true story of adventure, heroism, and bravery
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 337 p. : port., maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue : October 2, 1780
January 14, 1741
April 19/May 9, 1775
May 10/May 15
May 18/June 19, 1775
June 1775
July 1/September 18, 1775
September 18/October 17, 1775
October 19/October 29, 1775
October 29/November 8, 1775
September/November 1775
November 8/December 30, 1775
December 31, 1775
January 1/February 27, 1776
January/July 1776
May 6/July 28, 1776
August 1/October 11, 1776
October 11, 1776
October 12/November 2, 1776
November 1776/April 1777
January 4/April 25, 1777
April 25/July 11, 1777
July 11/August 24, 1777
August 28/September 20, 1777
September 1777
September 20/October 7, 1777
October 8, 1777/January 20, 1778
November 1777/April 1778
April 1/June 19, 1778
June 20/September 14, 1778
September 25, 1778/February 28, 1779
September 1778/April 1779
April 8/May 7, 1779
May 10/May 30, 1779
June 1779/July 1780
July 31/September 17, 1780
September 19/September 22, 1780
September 22/September 23, 1780
September 23/September 25, 1780
September 25, 1780
September 26/October 2, 1780
October 3/November 14, 1780
Epilogue: 1780/1804
Summary: An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.
ISBN: 9781596434868
Branch Call Number: B ARNOLD S
Statement of Responsibility: Steve Sheinkin
Subject Headings: Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801 Juvenile literature United States. Continental Army Biography Juvenile literature American loyalists Biography Juvenile literature Generals United States Biography Juvenile literature American loyalists Biography Generals United States Biography Young adult literature United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Juvenile literature
Topical Term: American loyalists
American loyalists
Young adult literature
LCCN: 2010034797
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Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Aside from his name and the simple fact that he was an important traitor during the Revolutionary War, I really didn't know all that much about Benedict Arnold before reading this book. It turns out he's a fascinating figure. And I don't mean "fascinating" in an academic sense; he has a great, entertaining story.
And author Sheinkin does a great job of telling that story (I waffled between 4 and 5 stars). There is excellent drama, tension, pacing, and plotting. Yet this is no fictionalized or even dramatized account, because Sheinkin is also very journalistic and doesn't resort to conjecture to fill in blank spots. There aren't quite full dialogue exchanges, but there are lots of quotes from letters and other primary source documents that fill that role nicely, personalizing the events and revealing the thoughts and emotions behind the reported actions. This is extensively researched.
If he hadn't been so concerned with restoring his family name and living a life of privilege, Benedict Arnold most likely would have gone down in history as one of the great American heroes. He was a brash, adventurous, independent, hot-tempered man of action who accomplished some of the war's great feats before becoming alienated and disillusioned; and it was those same traits that made him such a daredevil on the battlefield that also caused his downfall, his confrontational, unrestrained manner that annoyed and angered the many who shared widely their negative opinions of him. George Washington felt there was no one more qualified on the battlefield, yet the political necessity of uniting the new country often prevented him from capitalizing on Arnold's talents, as he was too divisive a figure. Starting with his youthful stunts like walking the peaked roof a burning barn and throwing a lit match into a gunpowder-filled cannon, his exploits, adventures, and tragic downfall make for a highly absorbing tale.
Anyone looking for a good adventure novel ought to consider this along with the more typical fiction options.

Feb 07, 2011
  • dblockniles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great war adventure!


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Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Benedict Arnold never could stand inaction. So he decided to invade Canada. . . .

The fact that no one had told Arnold to lead the first foreign invasion in American history meant nothing to him. It was the right strategic move, and he made it.


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