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George Washington

William Roscoe Thayer

Book Overview: 

One of the finer single volume biographies of Washington, Thayer makes ample use of Washington's letters and writings yielding a rich portrait of the man behind the legend.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n display any doubt either of his patriotism, or of the course which every patriot must take. To his intimates he spoke with point-blank candor. Years later, George Mason wrote to him:

I never forgot your declaration, when I had last the pleasure of being at your house in 1768, that you were ready to take your musket upon your shoulder whenever your country called upon you.

Some writers point out that Washington excelled rather as a critic of concrete plans than of constitutional and legal aspects. Perhaps this is true. Assuredly he had no formal legal training. There were many other men in Massachusetts, in Virginia, and in some of the other Colonies, who could and did analyze minutely the Colonists' protest against taxation without representation, and the British rebuttal thereof; but Washington's strength lay in his primal wisdom, the wisdom which is based not on conventions, even though they be laws and constitu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A decent work on Washington's life. Certainly not the most in-depth that I've ever seen, but if you're wanting a quick overview on the life of Washington, this is one that I would recommend. If looking for something more in-depth, pick up Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life.

A reasonable overview.

Too much butt kissing. Where is the recognition of the contribution of the French? What happened to the Tories after the war?

OK read,
I now know more about George than I did before I read this, even though being a history major in University, what I learned about Mr Washington through 18 years of school in America, was minimal. Not particularly well written with little insight and examination of what George did in his life

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