In my ten years as a history textbook writer, I was always trying to sneak Benedict Arnold stories into the books. And the editors were always cutting him out. The first time they crossed out Arnold, I asked for an explanation. My boss hesitated. He seemed to be in a small amount of physical pain. "Benedict Arnold makes me... nervous," he said.
I wanted to shout: That's exactly the point! That's what makes Arnold such a priceless character. He made George Washington nervous. He made Congress nervous. He was a Hollywood movie loose-cannon action hero - nearly two centuries before Hollywood action movies existed.
Now, many years later, I've finally gotten the chance to tell the story. The Notorious Benedict Arnold is a non-fiction action/thriller based on many years of research, and travels to all the places Arnold lived, fought, and drove his fellow Americans crazy.