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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  - JamesMScott - LibraryThing

A concise biography of the great man, exactly what I sought. Survived the French and Indian war through luck and sheer force of character. In fact you can't read his story without realizing how much ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriBooks - LibraryThing

What makes this biography of Washington stand out for me is Ellis' attempt to look into the psychology of the man. What formational events made him into a leader, cognizant of his own place in history ... Read full review

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User Review  - mgeorge2755 - LibraryThing

Forever remembered as the first president of the United States, George Washington is often a man that is greatly misunderstood. I love how the author chose to title this book with the title that Washington absolutely despised. The more I know about this man, the more I am intrigued. 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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