Published by Viking on May 10th 2016
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Received from the Publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Valiant Ambition was a very ambitious undertaking by Philbrick and he did not disappoint. I first read Philbrick’s work when my book club selected Mayflower: A story of Courage, Community and War. I was instantly hooked by that book and have recommended it many times. Needless to say, I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to read Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, adn the Fate of the American Revolution.
This book took me some time to get through. That does not mean it was a difficult read or a boring read but for me it was a meaty read. There is so much information in this book. A “must read” for History buffs, war buffs, battle buffs, Colonial Times bluff, etc.
So much research was put into this book. I did not know a quarter of what was in this book. Of course, I had heard of Benedict Arnold, but only so much as what was taught in my school history classes. Needless to say, I knew he was guilty of treason but I did not know the what, where, why or how of it. This book really breaks it down in a very clear detailed manner.
This book of course it about two men: Washington and Arnold. Battles and their importance are described. Again, I learned so much about the battles; or shall I say the importance of the battles, the defeats, the experience of being in battle, the egos, the greed, and the mood of the American People.
I don’t quite know how to describe this book without re-telling history. History that I learned about thanks to Philbrick’s research. I love books that cause me to think and feel. This book succeeded on both levels. I learned a GREAT deal. For me this book was an undertaking, due to the amount of information and the amount that I learned while reading this book.
I highly recommend this book.