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

In September 1776, after suffering a crushing loss at the hands of the British Army, the Continental Army.

Led by a hesitant and inexperienced George Washington (who had never commanded a big force in battle), fled New York.

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

The British naval march down Lake Champlain may have finished the war, but three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favourite generals.

Benedict Arnold, astonishingly succeeds in delaying this assault. About four years later, at the end of the book, Washington has overcome his problems and Arnold has fled to the enemy.

Following a failed attempt to surrender the American bastion at West Point to the British. The United States, after four years of war, has begun to suspect that its true enemies may lie within rather than abroad.

Valiant Ambition is a Complex, Controversial, and Dramatic Portrait

The story of a people in distress and the battle that gave birth to a nation is told in Valiant Ambition, a complicated, contentious, and emotional depiction.

The central interaction between Washington and Arnold, an impulsive but likeable hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians.

Eventually erode his trust in the legitimacy of the uprising, invokes a Shakespearean tragedy in its concentration on devotion and personal integrity.

Washington’s unparalleled ability to rise beyond the petty politics of his time allows him to win the battle that really counts as a society fearful of rulers suddenly must figure out how it should be led.

Nathaniel Philbrick: Author of The Book

History writer and National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee Nathaniel Philbrick was born in the United States on June 11, 1956.

He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2000 with his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.

Which recounts the events that inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick. The book was turned into a film in 2015.

Nathaniel Philbrick is the son of English professor Thomas Philbrick and Marianne (Dennis) Philbrick; he was born to them on June 11, 1956, in Boston.

Although he spent his formative years in Pittsburgh, he has called Nantucket, Massachusetts home since 1986.

Melissa Douthart Philbrick, the former Executive Director of Remain Nantucket, is Philbrick’s wife.

Their namesake, Jennie, and Ethan are their offspring. When it comes to the background of Nantucket, he is the go-to guy.


This colourful and, in some ways, cautionary account of the Revolutionary War centres on Benedict Arnold and is written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nathaniel Philbrick.

Arnold’s betrayal of military secrets to the British isn’t what makes this play so tragic; rather, it’s the plain secret of the frailty of the American cause.

Arnold’s treachery is nonetheless exciting to see, demonstrating once again that the story’s villains are often its most intriguing characters.