God Save Benedict Arnold: The True Story of America's Most Hated Man (Hardcover)
"Vivid." —The Wall Street Journal
"A dazzling addition to the history of the American Revolution." ―Kirkus Review (starred)
"Finally... a full and fascinating portrait of a true hero of the American Revolution, until he was visited by villainy. A riveting read." ―Tom Clavin, New York Times bestselling author of Follow Me to Hell
Benedict Arnold committed treason— for more than two centuries, that’s all that most Americans have known about him.
Yet Arnold was much more than a turncoat—his achievements during the early years of the Revolutionary War defined him as the most successful soldier of the era. GOD SAVE BENEDICT ARNOLD tells the gripping story of Arnold’s rush of audacious feats—his capture of Fort Ticonderoga, his Maine mountain expedition to attack Quebec, the famous artillery brawl at Valcour Island, the turning-point battle at Saratoga—that laid the groundwork for our independence.
Arnold was a superb leader, a brilliant tactician, a supremely courageous military officer. He was also imperfect, disloyal, villainous. One of the most paradoxical characters in American history, and one of the most interesting. GOD SAVE BENEDICT ARNOLD does not exonerate him for his treason—the stain on his character is permanent. But Kelly’s insightful exploration of Arnold’s career as a warrior shines a new light on this gutsy, fearless, and enigmatic figure. In the process, the book offers a fresh perspective on the reasons for Arnold’s momentous change of heart.
"[Kelly] propels readers into the brutal action with vigorous prose and sentences that are often short and pugnacious—much like Arnold himself....as Mr. Kelly’s vivid narrative makes clear, without Arnold’s conspicuous courage and resourcefulness from 1775 to 1777, it is arguable whether the United States of America would now exist... it is perhaps time to consider whether Arnold’s pretreason exploits entitle him to rather more recognition than a nameless boot." —The Wall Street Journal
"A deeply insightful, researched page-turner." —Booklist
"Revolutionary War buffs will enjoy the skillful narration." —Publisher's Weekly
“Jack Kelly brings the smell of gunpowder to every page of this riveting account of Benedict Arnold’s military career. Arnold, as Kelly rightly notes, was the finest military commander of the American Revolution. A warrior born to lead soldiers in combat. Kelly recounts how Arnold’s brilliant battles at Valcour island and Saratoga make his traitorous decision at West Point more tragic and even more awful.” —Ty Seidule, Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, author of Robert E. Lee and Me
"Insightful, well-crafted, and engaging.. Kelly provides a provocative look at what made Arnold tick. Here is Arnold the gifted leader, risk taker, intuitive military tactician, and ultimately a traitor. I recommend this book for those who wish to understand the war and to know Benedict Arnold." —John Ferling, author of Winning Independence
"A fascinating look at one of the American Revolution's best known and least understood figures. Jack Kelly deliver's a thrilling, action-packed narrative that presents a balanced, challenging view of a complicated man." —David Liss, author of The Peculiarities and The Whiskey Rebels
"Wonderfully written, Jack Kelly's fresh and lively new study of one of America's greatest combat commanders is an important contribution to our understanding of this complicated and influential leader." —Kevin J. Weddle, Ph.D., Colonel (Ret), US Army, Professor of Military Theory and Strategy, US Army War College
"Jack Kelly has given us not a revisionist look at the notorious traitor of the Revolution, but a deep dive into the man, his motivations, and his extraordinary military campaigns. Think you know Benedict Arnold? Think again, once you've read this well-written, smartly researched, deeply insightful work." —Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley
"A fascinating page-turner that delves into the gray area between the hero and the villain. Jack Kelly takes us on a gripping journey that convincingly grapples with the notion of history as paradox. Anyone interested in the Revolutionary War will be riveted, and readers new to the subject will become quick converts." —Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and The Taking of Jemima Boone