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Valiant Ambition - George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

Nathaniel Philbrick

From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. "May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age-a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head." -Boston Globe "Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction." -Wall Street Journal In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.

From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. "May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age-a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head." -Boston Globe "Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction." -Wall Street Journal In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. "May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age-a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head." -Boston Globe "Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction." -Wall Street Journal In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

13h 21m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:31


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:11


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:13


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:57


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:38


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:00


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:39


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:29


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:44


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:47


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:14


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:14


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:06


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:51


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:14


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:19


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:33


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:14


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:40


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:27


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:55


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:45


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:09


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:13


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:21


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:16


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:17


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:13


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:05


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:25


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:37


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:32


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:53


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:57


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:37


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:33


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:20


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:15


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:55


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:17


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:36


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:53


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:45


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:12


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:07


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:30


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:44


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:18


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:02


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:37


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:25


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:08


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:54


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

00:34