Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Treacherous Beauty: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot To Betray America


Michael D. Schaffer, the Philadelphia Inquirer editor who edits my occasional contributions to my hometown newspaper, has written an interesting review of an interestering book on the woman behind America's first and perhaps greatest traitor, Benedict Arnold.

Nobody likes a traitor.

The traitor's wife? Well, that's a different story. Especially if she happens to be a beautiful young woman so bewitching and smart she can manipulate her husband's stolid commander with her hysterics even as her double-dealing spouse completes a mad dash for enemy lines.

The woman was Peggy Shippen Arnold, daughter of a distinguished Philadelphia family. Her husband, of course, was the infamous Benedict Arnold. And the commander she beguiled with her tears was none other than George Washington, one of a long line of men Peggy knew how to disarm.

You can read the rest of the review via the below link:

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/literature/20120715__lsquo_Treacherous_Beauty___The_story_of_a_woman_married_to_a_real_Benedict_Arnold.html

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