From 1775 through 1777, George Washington and Benedict Arnold were America’s two most celebrated warriors. Their earlier lives had surprisingly parallel paths. They were strong leaders in combat, they admired and respected each other, and they even shared common enemies. Yet one became our greatest hero and the other our most notorious traitor. Why?
In the new paperback edition of George Washington and Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots, author and military historian Dave Palmer reveals the answer: character. In this fascinating and unique dual biography, Palmer also shows: How Arnold’s treason actually helped the Patriot cause Why Arnold and Washington’s amazingly similar backgrounds, family influences, youthful experiences, and selfmade” status led to strikingly different results in their lives How in four welldefined steps Arnold went from hero to traitor
Presenting the panorama of the Revolutionary War through the lives of two of its most colorful and important figures, George Washington and Benedict Arnold reveals important lessons for today through a story that few Americans know, but that every American should.
Dave Richard Palmer
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I think Washington dearly loved Arnold not only as a soldier but much as a brother. We know much of the history of Washington as a stateman, President and finally American icon. But when it came to bravery, honor, leadership and an outright military tactician, Arnold was second to know one in my opinion. You must remember that before 1774, all citizens of the colonies which later united and declared their independence from England were all subjects to the King. That included Washington, Arnold, Adams, Jefferson, etc. The fact that Arnold changed allegiance during the revolution should come as no surprise to historians and scholars. Washington enjoyed few military victories and held the colonies together in their effort to claim independence through the strength of his reputation. When it came to military victories, Washington lost two out of every three major battles he fought. On the other hand, Arnold was an outstanding military tactician and leader of men. He was a leader of...
I first saw Dave Palmer on the A&E Biography special covering the life of Benedict Arnold. He came off very well spoken, very professional, very knowledgable, and had a strong military resume under his belt. I wondered if that could have been the same Dave Palmer who authored this book and to my great surprise it was! Of all the men interviewed on that program, it's almost no surprise that he was the only one of them to write a book on the man--or men as the books title obviously states. He not only gets to cover the most notorious traitor in our country's history but also the most celebrated man of that time and perhaps all of American history, George Washington. Not only does it feel like you're getting two biography books for the price of one, but it feels like a bonus that someone with the resume of Dave Palmer would be the one to write this: retired lieutenant general, the previous overseer at West Pointe itself, history graduate from Duke University, and multiple author...
This analysis of Washington and Arnold's is very informative . Palmer is clearly a historian who can think "outside the box". Arnold is thought of by almost everyone who has heard of him as simply a traitor to his country with no redeeming qualities. However, Palmer has stated , without Benedict Arnold, the American revolution and the continental army would not have survived the first year of fighting. I would also add, the event which allowed the Continental Army to finally prevail was its' victory at the Battle of Saratoga which convinced France to actively side with the Americans. Arnold clearly deserved most of the credit for this crucial victory.
Palmer provides an excellent comparison of the two generals. He directly compares their characteristics and performances as general officers. The one area I would criticize is Palmer's implication Arnold suffered from what today would be termed a personality disorder and/or traits of a personality disorder. As explained...
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