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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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

Insightful look at the Revolution's generals

I found this a very interesting look into the personalities of arguably the two best known American revolutionary generals. After demonstrating many similarities in their upbringing and career trajectories he shows how they ended up on paths to fame or infamy.

The pacing is well done and he weaves in important history without slowing the narrative. There is a genuine sense of excitement as he relates various campaign maneuvers and sieges. He also telegraphs just enough information to keep you oriented without spoiling the story.

I enjoyed the performance and felt the overall production value is high.
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- Sean

Book Details

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