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Review: His Excellency: George Washington

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Robert Finn

In the preface to this ambitious and largely successful biography of George Washington, Joseph J. Ellis sets the tone by calling his subject "America's greatest secular saint" and "the Foundingest Father of them all." That puts the biographer's problem nicely. Washington is so universally revered as well as so distant from us in time that he is more marble than human flesh. The biographer's task ... Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

An excellent introduction to Washington, providing a decent look at his entire life and an understanding of his legacy. Washington is a huge subject in American history and in this case, the author ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jarratt - LibraryThing

After reading several books on the American Revolution and Founding Fathers that were written in a more academic style, "His Excellency" was a breath of fresh air. It was a pleasure to read in large ... Read full review

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this was interesting exiting great job!!!!!!!!

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Read October 2012
Excellent book.
Book is in three parts: Washington before the Revolution, During the Revolution, then his presidency.
Interesting thesis: that despite being one of the
intellectual and ideological founders of our country - the quintessential founding father, Washington was essentially pragmatic. In all of his most significant problems he took a point of view that everyone acts from his own self-interest regardless of his morals or ideology. This made him a man who learned from his mistakes and was eager to take advantage of assets and opportunities.
Ellis presents Washington as a complex man.
 

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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

Great biography. It does a great job of going over George Washington's life. And helping to understand him. Read full review

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