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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Sheinkin Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a bitter cold day in January 1741 Benedict Arnold was born. Little did anyone know that he would grow up to become one of the country’s greatest war heroes, and one of the most infamous villains in American history.

Fearless in the line of fire, a genius at strategy and motivating his men, General Arnold was America’s first action hero…but his thirst for recognition would ultimately be his undoing. Hopeless at political maneuvers, prone to outbursts of ego and temper, Arnold saw his fame slowly slipping away, and came up with a plan that would guarantee his place in history.

Packed with gripping first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and shocking betrayals, this accessible biography proves that there’s more than one side to every good story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Several complex political, social, and military themes emerge, one of the most prominent being that within the Continental army, often simplistically depicted as single-minded patriots, beat hearts scheming with political machinations that are completely familiar today…Arnold’s inexorable clash with Gates and his decision to turn traitor both chill and compel.”

    Horn Book Magazine (starred review)

  • “Sheinkin sees Arnold as America’s ‘original action hero’ and succeeds in writing a brilliant, fast-paced biography that reads like an adventure novel…The author’s obvious mastery of his material, lively prose and abundant use of eyewitness accounts make this one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “American history is brought to life in this engaging story of revolution and treason…The Notorious Benedict Arnold is likely to make readers want to learn more about the American Revolution and its players, great and small.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “History junkies are in for a treat when they pick up this lively, highly readable biography of the US’s most vilified traitor…A worthy addition to all libraries.”


  • Winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/19/2014

    " This was a wonderful nonfiction book. So interesting. A little heavy on the description of Revolutionary War battles for my taste, but also necessary...because the battles are large part of Benedict Arnold's story. I was amazed that what little I thought I knew about Benedict Arnold pretty much turned out to be wrong. Sheinkin really brought both Benedict Arnold - and the time period - alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 2/2/2014

    " This was an amazing book that included a great deal of information in a way that made it interesting and engaging. While I learned about both Benedict Arnold and the Revolutionary War I was truly interested in what I was reading the entire time. I have had multiple 7th grade students read the book and they too enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone interested in or studying American History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cinda | 2/1/2014

    " BIO of traitor Arnold start in his youth, details events leading up to his dissatisfaction and finally describes the events around the treasonous offense of Arnold and Major Andre. Also tells the aftermath. Reads like an adventure story. not dry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andy | 1/21/2014

    " This is exactly what historical nonfiction for kids should be - very well researched, with a bare minimum of speculation or imagined conversations, but with lots of excitement and vivid details - an honest-to-goodness real life adventure story: the opposite of dry 'n' dusty history. "

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