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Homegrown Terror (Paperback)
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Homegrown Terror (Paperback)

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Paperback 300 Pages / Published: 31/10/2017
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On September 6, 1781, Connecticut native Benedict Arnold and a force of 1,600 British soldiers and loyalists took Fort Griswold and burnt New London to the ground. The brutality of the invasion galvanized the new nation, and "Remember New London!" would become a rallying cry for troops under General Lafayette. In Homegrown Terror, Eric D. Lehman chronicles the events leading up to the attack and highlights this key transformation in Arnold-the point where he went from betraying his comrades to massacring his neighbors and destroying their homes. This defining incident forever marked him as a symbol of evil, turning an antiheroic story about weakness of character and missed opportunity into one about the nature of treachery itself. Homegrown Terror draws upon a variety of perspectives, from the traitor himself to his former comrades like Jonathan Trumbull and Silas Deane, to the murdered Colonel Ledyard. Rethinking Benedict Arnold through the lens of this terrible episode, Lehman sheds light on the ethics of the dawning nation, and the way colonial America responded to betrayal and terror.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9780819577498
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Homegrown Terror is more than the dramatic story of Benedict Arnold's betrayal of America. It is a richly textured and lively portrait of revolutionary era Connecticut. Readers interested in the American Revolution and historical New England will enjoy this book."--Joel Richard Paul, author of Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution (1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"Eric Lehman's Homegrown Terror is the biography of evil personified by America's greatest antihero. It is a tour de force of research, showing that evil can draw a society--or nation--together as effectively as can good."--Christopher Collier, author of Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787 (1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"Benedict Arnold was a traitor--and a terrorist, as Eric Lehman vividly shows in his chilling account of Arnold's savage raid on New London. At the same time, Lehman presents a new look at the psyche of a Revolutionary War general who was both a hero and a villain."--Thomas B. Allen, author of Tories and George Washington, Spymaster (1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"Author Eric D. Lehman brings to life Connecticut during the Revolutionary War in Homegrown Terror. Lehman's book is a welcome addition to an understanding of Connecticut's role in the American Revolution and provides a fresh approach to this topic. Previous biographies of Benedict Arnold only touch on the attack on New London; Lehman's book completely focuses on it... Indeed, the detailed account of the attack of New London is but a small part of the book, the culmination of a fascinating account of Connecticut during the Revolutionary War."--Rebecca Taber-Conover "Connecticut History Review" (9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)

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