Host Gene Bradley speaks with NATHANIEL PHILBRICK historian and award-winning author, about his new book, VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. VALIANT AMBITION is an account of the middle years of the American Revolution with new insights into the character and motivations of both George Washington and Benedict Arnold, whose relationship had far-reaching consequences for America’s ongoing fight for independence. Philbrick presents a fresh view of America’s first president, revealing Washington’s struggle to control his own naturally aggressive temperament during his first years as commander of the Continental Army. Philbrick’s portrait of Benedict Arnold offers a surprisingly sympathetic view of the man whose name is synonymous with the word traitor. From a Congress wracked by partisanship to scheming military officials, VALIANT AMBITION explores the complicated origins of our nation.
NATHANIEL PHILBRICK is The New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. He is also the author of Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. In the Heart of the Sea was made into a film by Ron Howard in 2015.