George Washington and Benedict Arnold

  • by Dave Richard Palmer
  • Narrated by Lynn Benson
  • 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From 1775 through 1777, George Washington and Benedict Arnold were America's two most celebrated warriors. Their earlier lives had surprisingly parallel paths. They were strong leaders in combat, they admired and respected each other, and they even shared common enemies.
Yet one became our greatest hero and the other our most notorious traitor. Why?
Author and military historian Dave Palmer reveals the answer: character. In this fascinating and unique dual biography, Palmer also shows:


How Arnold's treason actually helped the Patriot cause
Why Arnold and Washington's amazingly similar backgrounds, family influences, youthful experiences, and "self-made'' status led to strikingly different results in their lives
How in four well-defined steps Arnold went from hero to traitor
Presenting the panorama of the Revolutionary War through the lives of two of its most colorful and important figures, George Washington and Benedict Arnold reveals important lessons for today through a story that few Americans know, but that every American should.

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History is lies we all agree are true

Benedict Arnold is such a great tragedy. He was a great man with his weaknesses and his enemies, and from what this story tells, they were mainly on his side. George Washington is a great man and was the man of the century. However, the main villain I believe in this story is the Congenital Congress. As with most politicians, they get away with graft, corruption and lies. Basically murder. Although the facts can speak for themselves, I don't think the book covers other possibilities. Could Major General Benedict Arnold be suffering PTSD. Could financial crisis have pushed Benedict over the abyss? The British I think come off looking the best in this sad story. George Washington at least does not look like a fool but I think he was a little naive. Congress and the other generals of the Continenial Army get treated even handedly but I do think Americans need to study Benedict Arnold more and ask a few questions about their own beliefs on the whole affair.
Lynn Benson does make some technical errors when narrating this book, but nothing too serious. Dave Richard Palmer's writing is clear and factual.
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- Michael

Audible needs to reedit this product

Great book and the reader was fine. However there was a lot of skips, hiccups, and reread short passages in the audible version.
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- D. Orphal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2014
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing