The Man in the Mirror: Benedict Arnold
Clare Brandt discussed her book The Man in the Mirror: A Life of Benedict Arnold, published by Random House, which examines Benedict Arnold’s life and role in the American Revolution. She was intrigued by the reason for Arnold’s actions as a traitor during this era. Ms. Brandt believes that Arnold suffered from insecurity caused by the adolescent trauma of having an alcoholic father who went bankrupt. She maintains that this trauma led to a yearning for approval and a hypersensitivity to slights and criticism. Ms. Brandt also talked about the writing process. She said that the libraries where she conducted her research were all extremely helpful during the six years it took her to write the book. She also addressed the mood swings that she underwent as a writer. close
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