His Excellency: George Washington

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Vintage Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and political leader and a man whose “statue-like solidity” concealed volcanic energies and emotions.


Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here is the free-spending landowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power. We see the general who lost more battles than he won and the reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan feuding of his cabinet.His Excellencyis a magnificent work, indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but also of the nation he brought into being.


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This was a good insight on his character. - Goodreads
Dull and drab on the writing style. - Goodreads
I definately received an overview of Washington's life. - Goodreads
Well written and easy to read. - Goodreads
A great intro to a great historical figure. - Goodreads
Long on generalities, thin on research. - Goodreads

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I started this book because I recognized in myself an inexcusable ignorance about both our first general and our first president. In reading it, I discovered that my ignorance was at least partially ... Read full review

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I recently read a biography on Abigail Adams (which I will post about soon) which has led me to a reading challenge of my own. Almost everyone can tell you something about some of our presidents ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Joseph Ellis is the Pulitzer Prize_winning author of Founding Brothers. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ellen, and their youngest son, Alex.

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