Where: David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall, Fred W. Smith National Library
3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
Details: Mount Vernon welcomes author Nathaniel Philbrick to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution on May 10, 2016.
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.
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