The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold... by Allison Pataki

Full title: The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray Americaby Allison Pataki 

(Ladies I know we didn't schedule this date but picked this book, hopefully this date works for everyone!)


A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America's most infamous act of treason . . . 
Everyone knows Benedict Arnold--the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British--as history's most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold's co-conspirator, Major John Andre, who was apprehended with Arnold's documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in the plot: a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.


Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold's age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride's beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John Andre. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause. Together with her former love and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold.


Told from the perspective of Peggy's maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress's affairs even when it could cost her everything, The Traitor's Wife brings these infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for freedom." 

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  • Nayana

    It was great discussing the book. I had fun.

    August 30

  • Nayana

    It was great discussing the book. I had fun.

    August 30

  • Erin R

    Yay!! Adorable name, can't wait to see pics! Congratulations! :-) On an unrelated note... Did anyone watch Drunk History last week?! Hilarious and relevant to our book! (Link to full episode below the clip)
    http://www.cc.com/video-clips/2xdzj3/drunk-history-the-defection-of-benedict-arnold

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • Monique M.

      Just watched it. Hilarious. Totally loved it.

      1 · August 28, 2014

  • melissa c.

    Im still at work, don't think I will make it today:(

    August 27, 2014

  • Alison

    I'll be there soon :)

    August 27, 2014

  • Jessica C.

    I'm here early if anyone wants to come by :) we have the front table by the window.

    August 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Waaa! I miss you guys. I won't be there this month, but I'm three-fourths of the way through The Martian and hoping I can make it in September.
    Congratulations, Bana, that's wonderful news!

    August 26, 2014

  • Alison

    Congratulations, I'm so happy for you!!! Can't wait to see pictures!

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Bana W.

    Hey ladies, I will not be at the next book club meetup this Wednesday, Logan Michael arrived at 3:43 pm 8/22 and was 6 lbs 1 oz! I will be at the September meetup I am sure though. No book to choose until the September meetup. I hope you all have a wonderful time on Wednesday and see you in September! I confirmed with Jake's and you'll be seated inside this Wednesday :)

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • Ginger

      Congratulations!!! Such wonderful news!

      1 · August 26, 2014

  • Monique M.

    Congratulations!! What a Blessing.

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Nicole K.

    Congratulations Bana! Hope you and Logan are doing well! Can't wait to see pics in Sept

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Congrats Bana!! Enjoy the time with your little man!

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Jessica C.

    Congratulations Bana!!!

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Bana W.

    Hey ladies, I just wanted you all to know, I just paid the dues for our group. If you wanted an idea of what it costs to keep LBC going, I pay meetup $72 every 6 months. If you'd like to pitch in, just bring whatever donation you would like to August's meetup! Thanks!

    3 · July 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will do! Thanks for setting it all up. It's always nice meeting up with you ladies. I'm bummed I couldn't make it yesterday!

      1 · July 31, 2014

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