Mr. Philbrick manages to remove a few layers of the varnish that history has applied to Washington's reputation as a general and, more significantly, provides a convincing foundation for Arnold's infamous betrayal. The author of In the Heart of the Sea also focuses upon the importance of the waterways that served as pathways to the bloody conflicts that ultimately gave birth to a new nation.— Alden Graves
“History buffs will welcome this serious and interesting salvaging of the American Revolution from the mists of legend and folklore. This book is also a reminder that the messy, often disturbing politics of our own time are not unique, that idealism conflicts with power struggles, that both war and building a nation can have destructive consequences, and that both revolutionaries and traitors can galvanize a movement. Complex, controversial, and important.”
— Susan Thurin (W), Bookends on Main, Menomonie, WI
A New York Times Bestselling Author
A National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist
From the author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.