Please join Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the Knox County Public Library, and the East Tennessee Historical Society for an evening with award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and online advance registration is encouraged. Donations will be welcome at the event to enable Friends and its partners to support future author appearances in Knoxville.
Philbrick will discuss his most recent book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. In Valiant Ambition, he goes beyond well-known facts to examine whether Arnold’s treachery may have saved the nation by uniting Americans behind Washington.
Philbrick won the National Book award in 2000 for In the Heart of the Sea, the story of an 1820 whaleship that was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. He is also the author of Mayflower, Bunker Hill, and Ben’s Revolution, an adaptation of Bunker Hill for young readers.
Reviews of Valiant Ambition
- Washington as contemplative hero, and Benedict Arnold as narcissistic danger (The Washington Post, May 20, 2016)
- Nathaniel Philbrick’s ‘Valiant Ambition’ (The New York Times, May 20, 2016)
Nathaniel Philbrick talks with Steve Inskeep about Valiant Ambition (May 16, 2016):
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Nathaniel Philbrick’s photo by Christopher Noble.