One man was the father of his country. The other’s name has become synonymous with treason. But in fact, they lived remarkably parallel lives — with one crucial difference. During Bill Clinton’s depraved and hedonistic Presidency, the leftist media establishment bleated daily that character didn’t matter, and certainly wasn’t essential for effective leadership. But conservatives always knew that wasn’t true – and now comes a book that proves it in an unusual and provocative way: “George Washington and Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots” by military historian and former Superintendent of West Point General Dave R. Palmer.
The lives of Washington and Arnold, Palmer shows here, were interconnected in numerous ways. They took similar paths to military prominence. From 1775 through 1777, they were America’s most celebrated warriors. They were both valiant in battle and had the respect of their countrymen and of each other. Why, then, did Washington go on to glory and Arnold to disgrace?
Palmer, who has written seven books on military history and is a specialist on the Revolutionary War period, details with novelistic vividness exactly how and why Arnold and Washington’s amazingly similar backgrounds, family influences, childhood experiences, and “self-made” status led to strikingly different results in their lives. His narrative has a huge sweep: it’s a remarkable picture of the pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary periods in American history, encompassing the First Continental Congress (which Washington and Arnold both attended), the tumultuous political and military struggles that culminated in American independence, and much more — including the myriad ways, small and large, in which Washington and Arnold crossed paths in both love and war. Through it all, Palmer reveals just what Washington had, and what Arnold lacked, from their earliest days – qualities that ultimately led them to take such different paths.
It’s not just a gripping historical work. George Washington and Benedict Arnold also contains important implications for contemporary politicians and voters. As Palmer puts it, “Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your character. Your character becomes your destiny. The lives of George Washington and Benedict Arnold bear profound witness to the proposition that character is destiny.” Armed with Palmer’s insights, Americans will be better equipped to choose more people like George Washington — and fewer like Benedict Arnold — for our leaders in this age, which promises to be just as full of challenges to our freedom as the one which made the Father of Our Country and unmade the Great Traitor.
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