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This extraordinary one-volume biography vividly portrays the unbreakable link between George Washington and the nation he helped create, defend, and govern. From his military career's beginnings with the Virginia Regiment, here is the exceptional decisiveness that led him to fire the opening shots in the 1754 war between England and France, the unshakable determination which, in the darkest winter of the American Revolution, demanded total victory and yielded to nothing less.

Rich anecdotes and fascinating historical documents clearly reveal Washington's critical role in the birth of a democratic nation. Here is a definitive portrait of George Washington, the man who unified a new country riven by turmoil and went on to earn the love and respect of his soldiers, his countrymen, and his peers.

©1984 Louisiana State University Press; (P)1989 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Brenda
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 08-27-06

Man of Integrity

Listening to this biography of George Washington allowed me to see beyond some of the common assumptions that I learned in school. I was particularly interested in his support of a liberal education and the alternatives for learning that were available to his step-daughter and step-son. Although I am not generally interested in military accounts, the familiar settings where the battles took place - streets and cities which I see on a regular basis kept me interested in these battle stories. Remembering that July 4, 1776 was just the beginning of the story and not the end, hearing about Washington's romantic love of the wife of a friend, hearing about his concern for and eventual freeing of his slaves (at his wife's death)were some of the highlights that I enjoyed from Alden's book. This biography left with me with a new appreciation for this man of integrity and has reawakened my interest in this remarkable period of our history and I am ordering some additional audiobooks as a result of "reading" this one.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not the best

The audio quality was bad. The narration was factual less insightful there has got to be a better boolk on Washington out there

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Poor/Cheap Recording Equipment

Throughout the book I could hear other readers recording different books. Sometimes they were soft mumbles, other times they we distinguishable phrases.

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Just okay

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I did not like the narrator or how the book was written. I should go back and pull out a sentence that was so overwritten that it made me laugh. The writer must have intentionally used language from the Washington era. Totally not needed. As an example, he referred to native americans as indians or red skins. Now that is important when you are reading from historical papers, but when telling the story it is not needed.

Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

I would try one more time with Gardner's performance. I am 50/50 with audible books because of the reader. How they inflect and their voice really can make a difference. I am interested in history and will try again but he only gets one more chance!

Was George Washington worth the listening time?

This is the only book on George Washington that I have ever listened to so I can't compare. I listened to the entire book so it wasn't that bad, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Good book but needed more George Washington

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'm not sure if I would. It was a good book, however I felt it spent far too much time covering the American Revolution. I know it needs to be covered for context, but not that much. I understand that Washington did not leave a lot of diary materials, but H W Brands did an outstanding job writing about Franklin utilizing everybody else's letters and diaries who knew him.

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Ho Hum

Nothing new.

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