Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. By Nathaniel Philbrick. ISBN: 978-0-14-311019-4. Copyright 2016. Softcover with 448 pages including notes, bibliography, and index.
"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 of the story is the relationship of George Washington and Benedict Arnold through the four years that led to the notorious fall of one and the gradual emergence of the other as a true leader. Arnold is portrayed as an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroyed his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion while Washington managed to rise above the petty politics of the time.