Staff Pick: The Notorious Benedict Arnold by S. Sheinkin
Benedict Arnold is definitely America’s most infamous traitor. But, he was also one of Americas greatest military heroes without whom, America might never have achieved independence. How does a triumphant military leader become a traitor? Sheinkin examines how Arnolds recklessness, ambition, and arrogance combined to make a hero turn so quickly into a villain. Sheinkins biography is accessible and easily readable for its intended audience. Fast-pacing and descriptive settings give this work a feeling of a fictional swashbuckling adventure tale. Sheinkin definitely knows his subject and includes extensive source notes including a great deal of primary material.