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The real Benedict Arnold / by Jim Murphy.

By: Murphy, Jim, 1947-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2007Description: 264 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0395776090 (hardcover); 9780395776094 (hardcover).Subject(s): Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801 -- Juvenile literature | American loyalists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Generals -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | United States. Continental Army -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 973.3/82092 | B
Contents:
The most brilliant soldier -- You are accountable -- Be ye also ready -- A reputation of unsullied honor -- Good God are the Americans all asleep? -- None but Almighty God shall prevent my marching -- I have resigned my commission -- Our gallant colonel -- The forlorn hope -- He will turn out a great man -- The gallant defense -- By heavens I will have justice -- A devilish fighting fellow -- You will hear of my being victorious -- Inspired by the fury of a demon -- We'll have them all in hell -- I am heartily tired -- On you alone my happiness depends -- Because I might have done wrong -- Whom can we trust now? -- Nil Desperandum.
A Junior Library Guild selectionSummary: "Drawing on Arnold's surviving writings and on the letters, memoirs, and political documents of his contemporaries ... a fascinating portrait of a brilliant man, consistently undervalued by his peers, who made a choice that continues to reverberate through American history."
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A Junior Library Guild selection

Ages: 10 & up.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-255) and index.

The most brilliant soldier -- You are accountable -- Be ye also ready -- A reputation of unsullied honor -- Good God are the Americans all asleep? -- None but Almighty God shall prevent my marching -- I have resigned my commission -- Our gallant colonel -- The forlorn hope -- He will turn out a great man -- The gallant defense -- By heavens I will have justice -- A devilish fighting fellow -- You will hear of my being victorious -- Inspired by the fury of a demon -- We'll have them all in hell -- I am heartily tired -- On you alone my happiness depends -- Because I might have done wrong -- Whom can we trust now? -- Nil Desperandum.

"Drawing on Arnold's surviving writings and on the letters, memoirs, and political documents of his contemporaries ... a fascinating portrait of a brilliant man, consistently undervalued by his peers, who made a choice that continues to reverberate through American history."

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Murphy takes a fair and objective look at the man whose name is synonymous with treason. He paints a portrait of Arnold as a complicated and proud man who was capable, brave, quick-thinking, and idealistic as well as thin-skinned, quarrelsome, and unwilling to compromise. Murphy traces Arnold's entire life, examining his childhood and pre-military business career and then describing in great detail the campaigns and battles of his mostly successful military career. The strength of the book is his discussion of the highly political atmosphere and the weaknesses of the American government during the Revolution. Those weaknesses allowed the development of a crony system that rewarded the military leaders who were successful at the political game and failed to recognize Arnold's talents, leaving him the bitter and disillusioned man who lost faith in his cause and defected to the British side. The author also covers Arnold's post-Revolution life and his legacy of vilification on both sides of the Atlantic. The text is supplemented with fine-quality reproductions, period art, and maps of battles and campaigns. Murphy's comprehensive coverage of Arnold's life will help readers gain a fuller understanding of the man's contributions to the Revolution and the reasons for his treason. Report writers may get frustrated by the exhaustive detail, but buffs of the era, military enthusiasts, and biography readers will be entranced by this fascinating, well-researched volume.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jim Murphy 's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them two Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, the James Madison Book Award, and a National Book Award nomination. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family.<br> jimmurphybooks.com.

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