Have you ever wondered why? When studying the American Revolution, I often wondered, Why did Benedict Arnold betray his country?
If you have shared my curiosity, one of my favorite authors, Jean Fritz, has written a fascinating biography of him: Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold.
From Fritz’s research, it seems Arnold has a forceful and mesmerizing personality. He was able to command men, demand their loyalty, and for the most part, get it. However, he possessed a huge ego and a large amount of pride. His cousin, who hated him, said, “Money is his god and he will do anything to get it.”
Arnold was a man who always considered himself a victim, and considered himself above the law. He felt everyone should do his bidding and take him at his word.
Fritz’s well-researched biography is also well-written. Recommended for ages 12 and up.