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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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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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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