's name has become synonymous with the word traitor, but Arnold's legend neglects the fact that Arnold was an outstanding military leader, and had several important victories against the British in the early days of the American Revolution
. Willard Sterne Randall presents a lively, yet detailed, portrait of the man, giving the reader an understanding of Arnold's motives for betraying the country for which he had once fought so diligently.
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Benedict Arnold was a successful general for the Continental Army but felt unappreciated and betrayed the revolutionary cause. The American Revolution started earlier than the War of Independence and last until peace was signed in 1783.