Thursday, May 19, 7:30 PM
OFFSITE: Brooklyn Voices at St. Joseph’s College
Nathaniel Philbrick presents Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
In conversation with Bob Dotson
RSVP to attend (General Admission free, Priority Seating + Book $30)
Nathaniel Philbrick, the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea (now in theaters) and Mayflower, returns this May with Valiant Ambition, an exciting and surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. The book is a story of battles lost and won, 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. Philbrick discusses his vision of a fledgling nation struggling with internal strife and high ideals, with resonances that echo today, with Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Bob Dotson, creator of the NBC series American Story. Book signing to follow.
Click to reserve a seat (General admission is free; $30 includes priority seating and first edition, first printing copy of Valiant Ambition. Ticketholder books distributed upon admission, and additional books for sale on site.)