Valiant Ambition

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698153235
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From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. "May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age—a volume that turns one of America’s best-known narratives on its head.” —Boston Globe "Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction." —Wall Street Journal In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. 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 is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and 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. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington’s unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.

Valiant Ambition

Author: Instaread
Publisher: Instaread Summaries
ISBN: 1683783522
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Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick | Summary & Analysis Preview: Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution focuses on the treachery of Benedict Arnold as it plays out against the wider panorama of the American Revolution. Benedict Arnold was a courageous officer who was responsible for a number of crucial American victories during the Revolution. His brilliant conduct of the Battle of Valcour Island at Lake Champlain in 1776 delayed British forces and prevented them from reaching the Hudson River valley. Had the British succeeded, they might have separated New England from the rest of the colonies and quickly ended the war. Arnold also managed the American victory at the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, which helped ensure the defeat of British General John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga in upstate New York. That battle, in turn, encouraged the French to enter the war, which made the ultimate American victory possible… PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Valiant Ambition: · Overview of the Book · Important People · Key Takeaways · Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

Entfliehen kannst du nie

Author: Karim Miské
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3838745779
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Der junge Ahmed lebt in einem verwahrlosten multikulturellen Viertel in Paris. Vor der tristen Realität flüchtet er sich in die Welt von Kriminalromanen. Eines Tages wecken ihn Tropfgeräusche vom Balkon seiner Nachbarin Laura: Es ist Blut. Und Laura ist tot. Die Polizeikommissare Rachel Kupferstein und Jean Hamelot haben schon bald Anlass zu der Vermutung, dass Laura einem weitreichenden Komplott um Designerdrogen und religiösen Fanatismus zum Opfer fiel. Doch welche Rolle spielt der geheimnisvolle Ahmed in dem makabren Spiel?

Im Herzen der See

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641146631
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Die wahre Geschichte hinter dem Klassiker Moby Dick – verfilmt mit Starbesetzung Was jetzt als »Major Motion Picture« in die Kinos kommt – produziert von Oscar-Preisträger Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind – Genie und Wahnsinn) –, hat schon als Buch seine Leser gefesselt. Nathaniel Philbrick erzählt die wahre Geschichte jener Ereignisse, die Herman Melville zu seinem Roman Moby Dick inspiriert haben: Im November 1820 wird der Walfänger Essex mitten auf dem Pazifik von einem Pottwal gerammt. Das Schiff kentert, doch die 20 Mann starke Besatzung kann sich auf drei kleine Beiboote retten. Knapp 4000 Kilometer westlich der südamerikanischen Küste beginnt für die Männer eine beispiellose Odyssee: Drei Monate lang segeln sie in offenen, notdürftig aufgetakelten Booten und ohne ausreichend Proviant über eine feindliche See – und stoßen dabei an die Grenzen ihrer Menschlichkeit.

Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution

Author: Terry M. Mays
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538119722
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This third edition of Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries on the politics, battles, weaponry, and major personalities of the war.

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold An American Life

Author: Joyce Lee Malcolm
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681778165
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A vivid and timely re-examination of one of young America’s most complicated figures: the war hero turned infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold. Proud and talented, history now remembers this conflicted man solely through the lens of his last desperate act of treason. Yet the fall of Benedict Arnold remains one of the Revolutionary period’s great puzzles. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause? Historian Joyce Lee Malcolm skillfully unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world. There was his dramatic victory against the British at Saratoga in 1777 and his troubled childhood in a pre-revolutionary America beset with class tension and economic instability. We witness his brilliant wartime military exploits and learn of his contentious relationship with a newly formed and fractious Congress, fearful of powerful military leaders, like Arnold, who could threaten the nation’s fragile democracy. Throughout, Malcolm weaves in portraits of Arnold’s great allies—George Washington, General Schuyler, his beautiful and beloved wife Peggy Shippen, and others—as well as his unrelenting enemy John Adams, British General Clinton, and master spy John Andre. Thrilling and thought-provoking, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold sheds new light on a man—as well on the nuanced and complicated time in which he lived.

Anstand

Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 3959677391
Format: PDF
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Er liebt sein Land, das er nicht mehr versteht. Er hasst die Liberalen. Er schläft nicht ohne seine Waffen. Er ist das Gegenteil von politisch korrekt. Er ist unbequem. Er liebt seine Enkelin Ella über alles. Er hat einen Gehirntumor, für den er das Agent Orange aus dem Vietnamkrieg verantwortlich macht. Er überlebt die Operation. Er nimmt die letzte Chance wahr, sich mit seiner Vergangenheit, seinem Sohn und seinem Erzfeind aus dem Krieg, Clayton Fire Bear auszusöhnen. Er heißt David Granger, 68 Jahre, Vietnamveteran. Er ist: Ein Mann mit Anstand. "Hinter der ruppigen Prosa verbirgt sich viel Feingefühl und ein klarer Blick für gesellschaftliche Tendenzen. Es geht um die Frage, was Anstand bedeutet, um Doppelmoral und die vielen Gesichter des Rassismus, um alte Sünden und aufrechte Reue und nicht zuletzt um Familienbande und den Wert echter Freundschaft. Es ist ein Roman, der zum genauen Hinschauen auffordert und die "political correctness" hinterfragt, der feststellt, dass es wichtiger ist, was jemand tut, als was er sagt (...)." (Deutschlandfunk Kultur) "Ganz großes Kino" (Christine Westermann zu "Silver Linings") "Originell, fesselnd, erhebend." (Graeme Simsion zu "Die Sache mit dem Glück") "Es ist unmöglich, diese tief zerrissenen Figuren nicht zu mögen." (USA Today) "Derb, politisch unkorrekt - und wunderbar: Matthew Quicks Roman über einen erzkonservativen Vietnam-Veteranen und seinen linksliberalen Sohn zeigt, was wichtiger ist als die "richtige" Ausdrucksweise: Herzenswärme und Anstand." Deutschlandfunk Kultur "Matthew Quick hat einen hinterlistigen Roman über Correctness verfasst. (...) Die Story ist nicht die x-te Zeigefingerversion zur "Lage der US-Nation", sondern vielmehr ein Lehrstück darüber, dass man Anstand, Solidarität und Toleranz oft in der seltsamsten Verkleidung (und sei es im Tarnanzug) begegnet." Kleine Zeitung

Sternchenhimmel

Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Manhattan
ISBN: 3641069084
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Lebenskrisengeplagtes Popsternchen auf Abwegen ... Das lebenskrisengeplagte Popsternchen Cherry Pye steht kurz vor seinem Comeback. Cherry beschäftigt ein Körperdouble namens Ann DeLusia, das immer dann einspringt, wenn Cherry sich »unpässlich« fühlt, sprich: mal wieder über die Stränge geschlagen hat. Doch dann wird Ann von einem Paparazzo gekidnappt, der sich ein intimes Shooting mit Cherry erhofft. Dies stellt Cherrys Entourage (ihre geschäftstüchtige Mutter, den geifernden Plattenproduzenten und den nicht gerade zimperlichen Bodyguard) vor schier unlösbare Aufgaben. Nicht nur muss Ann aus den Klauen des Bösewichts gerettet werden, ohne dass die skandalhungrige Öffentlichkeit Wind davon bekommt, vor allem aber muss die unterbelichtete Cherry Pye vor sich selbst gerettet werden ...

Turncoat

Author: Stephen Brumwell
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030021099X
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Why did the once-ardent hero of the American Revolutionary cause become its most dishonored traitor? General Benedict Arnold's failed attempt to betray the fortress of West Point to the British in 1780 stands as one of the most infamous episodes in American history. In the light of a shining record of bravery and unquestioned commitment to the Revolution, Arnold's defection came as an appalling shock. Contemporaries believed he had been corrupted by greed; historians have theorized that he had come to resent the lack of recognition for his merits and sacrifices. In this provocative book Stephen Brumwell challenges such interpretations and draws on unexplored archives to reveal other crucial factors that illuminate Arnold's abandonment of the revolutionary cause he once championed. This work traces Arnold's journey from enthusiastic support of American independence to his spectacularly traitorous acts and narrow escape. Brumwell's research leads to an unexpected conclusion: Arnold's mystifying betrayal was driven by a staunch conviction that America's best interests would be served by halting the bloodshed and reuniting the fractured British Empire.