Rules of Civility: The 110 Precepts That Guided Our First President in War and Peace

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University of Virginia Press, 2003 - History - 90 pages
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As a young man, George Washington admired and copied into a little notebook 110 rules for civil behavior that originated from a Jesuit textbook. Washington took these rules very much to heart, and that handwritten list remained with him throughout his life, serving as inspiring guidance from his military days at Valley Forge and Yorktown to his two terms as president.Guidance that at first sounds archaic, it is in fact just as relevant as—indeed, possibly more necessary than—it was nearly three hundred years ago. Richard Brookhiser makes clear the pertinence of these rules for modern readers and proposes that now more than ever we will be wise to follow the modest example of such a great man. Witty and insightful, Brookhiser’s commentary offers real-world instruction in the lost art of self-discipline, and his new preface provides a compelling and timely context in which to employ these guidelines today.

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Really shows you how much this man thought of people. Why wonder why he's the best president ever

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Interesting depiction of life in New York City during the 1930's. There are social divisions but the lines do get crossed. Main character, Katey, is strong. At first didn't see the love interest ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review and a columnist for the New York Observer, is the author of Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington; Alexander Hamilton, American; and America’s First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735–1918.

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