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George Washington: The Founding Father (Eminent Lives) (edition 2009)

by Paul Johnson

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Title:George Washington: The Founding Father (Eminent Lives)
Authors:Paul Johnson
Info:Harper Perennial (2009), Edition: 1, Paperback, 144 pages
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Tags:Biography, U. S. Presidents, George Washington, History, American history

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The only fault I found with this book was that the author could of added more details of Washington's life. An increase of 50 pages plus over the current 125 would be nice. Other than that small criticism I thought Mr. Johnson's book on George Washington was excellent. The author covered Washington's career, from the early time when he was a surveyer, his service in the French and Indian War, and then he moved into Washington's command of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and then Washington's stewardship during the constitutional convention and finally he covered the time that Washington was President of the United States. If you want a quick understanding, plus an education into one of the great patriots during the founding of the USA then I highly recommend this book. If you just want to find some new facts about Washingtion (this was my case) then this may be you book. Either way, I think you will be pleased by the author's approach into the life of George Washington. ( )
  loveseabooks | Mar 15, 2011 |
George Washington:The Founding Father is more of an essay about George Washington than it is a biography. It is a good introduction to George Washington and life at the times. Paul Johnson shows us who the man was. He divides Washington's life into seven parts, starting with his youth in Virginia and ending with the period following his presidency. Incidents are referred to but not elaborated upon. Having reading this book, one can find other books about Washington that are descriptive of specific incidents. This book is an excellent addition to any homeschooling curriculum for junior high or high school students. This book can also be used as an example of good writing. ( )
  taterzngravy | Jun 25, 2010 |
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George Washington is by far the most important figure in the history of the United States. Against all military odds, he liberated the thirteen colonies from the superior forces of the British Empire and presided over the process to produce and ratify a Constitution that (suitably amended) has lasted for more than two hundred years. In two terms as president, he set that Constitution to work with such success that, by the time he finally retired, America was well on its way to becoming the richest and most powerful nation on earth.

Despite his importance, Washington remains today a distant figure to many Americans. Previous books about him are immensely long, multivolume, and complicated. Paul Johnson has now produced a brief life that presents a vivid portrait of the great man as young warrior, masterly commander-in-chief, patient Constitution maker, and exceptionally wise president. He also shows Washington as a farmer of unusual skill and an entrepreneur of foresight, patriarch of an extended family, and proprietor of one of the most beautiful homes in America, which he largely built and adorned.

Trenchant and original as ever, Johnson has given us a brilliant, sharply etched portrait of this iconic figure—both as a hero and as a man.

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Washington is the most important figure in the history of the United States. Against all military odds, he liberated the colonies from the superior forces of the British and presided over the process to produce a Constitution. In two terms as president, he set that Constitution to work. Despite his importance, Washington remains today a distant figure to many Americans. Previous books about him are immensely long and complicated. Paul Johnson has now produced a brief life that presents a vivid portrait of the great man as young warrior, masterly commander-in-chief, patient Constitution maker, and exceptionally wise president. He also shows Washington as a farmer of unusual skill and an entrepreneur of foresight, patriarch of an extended family, and proprietor of one of the most beautiful homes in America, which he largely built and adorned.--From publisher description.… (more)

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