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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This was a great overview of Washington's life. I was looking for a book that would give me the basics of who Washington was and this book fit that bill. If you want a more in depth, detailed study of Washington, I would suggest the biography by Ron Chernow. It is next on my list. Read full review

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I've always been interested in the American Revolution. It was unique event in the history of mankind up that point in history, and so many things happened for the first time. And history would be ... 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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