In 1780, after four years of war, America was forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. In a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation, Philbrick focuses on loyalty and person... Full description
In 1780, after four years of war, America was forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. In a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation, Philbrick focuses on loyalty and personal integrity, unfolding the key relationship of George Washington and Benedict Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion.
825 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits, black and white ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical notes and bibliography (pages 611-814).
Nathaniel Philbrick was born in Boston Massachusetts on June 11, 1956. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Brown University and a master's degree in American literature from Duke University. In 1978, he was Brown University's first Intercollegiate All-American sailor and he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, Rhode Island. After graduate school, he worked for four years at Sailing World magazine. Afterward, he worked as a freelancer for a number of years and wrote/edited several sailing books including Yachting: A Parody.
After moving to Nantucket in 1986, he became interested in the history of the island and wrote Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People. In 2000 he published In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. A motion picture of the book was released in December 2015. His other books include Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition; Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War; The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn; Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution; Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, and In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown.