By far the most important figure in the history of the United States, George Washington liberated the 13 colonies from the superior forces of the British Empire against all military odds, and presided over the production and ratification of a constitution that (suitably amended) has lasted for more than 200 years. Yet today, Washington remains a distant figure to many Americans, a failing that acclaimed author Paul Johnson sets out to rectify with this brilliantly vivid, sharply etched portrait of the great hero as a young warrior, masterful commander in chief, patient lawmaker, and exceptionally wise president.
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"Johnson captures the key images of Washington's life and work in this sharply focused snapshot." (Publishers Weekly)
"Johnson, a noted British historian, submits a beautifully cogent, enthrallingly perceptive, and, given the vast accumulation of published material on his subject, startlingly fresh take on the ultimate American icon, our first president.... The question so trenchantly answered here is, What was it about Washington that made the man such a commanding figure? A breathtaking treatment in its clarity and sheerness." (Booklist)
George Washington sets the standard for American greatness and Paul Johnson does a tremendous job expressing this idea while compacting Washington's biography without compromising on quality from cover to cover. Strongly recommended read!
I loved learning about the father of our country and, as always, Paul Johnson makes history entertaining and approachable. When you finish this book you'll appreciate what a great man Washington was and how fortunate America was to have his leadership. For the amateur historian there was just enough detail to understand his life and times.
I found the narrator a bit irritating to listen to. He seemed to read every single sentence the exact same way.
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