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You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of…

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

by Alexis Coe

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"In a genre overdue for a shakeup, Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first--and finds he's not quite the man we remember Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, chased rich young women, caused an international incident, and never backed down--even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won. Coe focuses on his activities off the battlefield--like espionage and propaganda. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War, Washington once again shocked the world by giving up power, only to learn his compatriots wouldn't allow it. The founders pressured him into the presidency--twice. He established enduring norms but left office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty must confront his greatest hypocrisy--what to do with the men, women, and children he owns--before he succumbs to death. Alexis Coe combines rigorous research and unsentimental storytelling, finally separating the man from the legend."--… (more)



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Really inferior biography of George Washington. In her preface, the author basically states that she's written the book because there aren't any modern biographies of George written by women. Also, she says she wants to correct certain "myths" surrounding his life. While she tries to lay to rest some of the things George is best "known" for, she doesn't shy away from perpetrating her own myths. One example of this: George Washington may have had sexual relations before marriage. Those relations may have been with an African American woman. Those relations may not have been consensual. I'm sorry, what? And all of this without any proof or source material to back up that statement. That statement alone is enough to make me question the integrity and the purpose of this book. I'll be the first to admit George Washington has been put on a pedestal in this country, but I don't think it's necessary to go at that pedestal with an ax and attempt to bring it crumbling down. ( )
  briandrewz | Mar 11, 2020 |
Very interesting look at George Washington’s life from a different point of view. Makes him more of a relatable man instead of the superior creature most of history makes him out to be. Easy to read, full of interesting facts and statistics and glimpses into some of his not-so-nice behavior and beliefs. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Mar 5, 2020 |
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