Wednesday 3 February 2016

Book Review: Major André by Anthony Bailey

Title: Major André
Author: Anthony Bailey
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 1987 
Pages: 208
Format: Hardback
Genre: Fiction 
Source: Bought Copy

 A look at Benedict Arnold's conspiracy to surrender West Point to the British, told from the point of view of a leading participant, the charming and talented professional military man, amateur actor, and poet John Andre, who is compelled by his code of conduct to rise above his own shortcomings. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Major André was a delightful read. Bailey presents his leading man as a fascinating character, and I loved the idea of his story being revealed through his prison talks with Tallmadge. This is certainly not the most scholarly work I've read on André in the last year; however, it was an entertaining and enjoyable fictionalised representation of events.

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