g. But pride, revenge, jealousy, and an almost superhuman egotism fatally swayed him. He desired to lead in all things, and he had far too much vanity, far too little self-government, and not half enough true morality to lead with success and permanence in any. The wrongs which beyond doubt his country inflicted upon him he was incapable of bearing like a stoic. Virile and patriotic from one point of view, he was childish and weak-fibred from another. He has been likened to Marlborough, though by no means so great a soldier. Yet it is true that John Churchill won his dukedom by deserting his former benefactor, James II, and joining the Whig cause of William of Orange. If the Revolution had been crushed, we cannot blind our eyes to the fact that Arnold's treason would have received from history far milder dealing than is accorded it now. Even the radiant name of Washington would very probably have shone to us dimmed and blurred through a mist of calamity. Posterity may respect the patriot whose star sinks in u
This book is volume 6 of 8 about famous people. This book was first published in 1894 and is in the public domain. The printed edition has 319 pages and many pictures in it. This Amazon verion has no pictures; it is possible to find an e-book version with the pictures on the web. The version with the pictures takes up a lot of the memory-space on your Kindle (1,8 MB), the versions without pictures need less than 500 kB. On average each life history is app. 10 pages in the printed version.
I enjoyed reading this book: it told me a bit more than I knew about some of the very famous people whose stories are told here, but it also told the stories of some people I knew nothing about. This book is an easy and nice read; it is interesting for people who are interested in history, or also for people who are not really interested in history but like to read short stories about real people.
This volume tells the life histories of:
BENEDICT ARNOLD, PETER COOPER, CHARLOTTE CORDAY, GENERAL GEORGE A. CUSTER, SIR HUMPHRY DAVY, THOMAS ALVA EDISON, JOHN ERICSSON, CYRUS W. FIELD, GENERAL JOHN C. FRÉMONT, ROBERT FULTON WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON, GENERAL CHARLES GEORGE GORDON, NATHAN HALE, ANDREAS HOFER, DR. EDWARD JENNER, ELISHA KENT KANE, THADDEUS KOSCIUSKO, LOUIS KOSSUTH, MARQUIS DE LA FAYETTE, FERDINAND DE LESSEPS, DAVID LIVINGSTONE, QUEEN LOUISE OF PRUSSIA, MARIE ANTOINETTE, SAMUEL F. B. MORSE, FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, DR. LOUIS PASTEUR, MADAME ROLAND, GENERAL SAN MARTIN, HENRY M. STANLEY, GEORGE STEPHENSON, QUEEN VICTORIA, JAMES WATT, WILLIAM WILBERFORCE.