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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    This is an excellent book for students who have never been expos

    This is an excellent book for students who have never been exposed to American History. I recommend this become as a beginning point for international students who are yet t o understand the History of America and the transitions that have take place. Paul Vickery elaborates on issues that are relevant to the significance of America's role in the world today. This is the first History book i have enjoyed reading so far

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Review of Washington: A Legacy of Leadership

    Washington: A Legacy of Leadership by Paul Vickery & Stephen Mansfield, Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2011. Reviewer: Robert Marx. BookSneeze® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.
    President George Washington, arguably more than any other person, personified exactly what an American was by establishing the model of government, helping to ensure ratification of the constitution by the states, and defending her with life, limb, and treasure. This book represents an encompassing examination of a life lived in a rough country, led by Providence, and governed under moral purity.
    Vickery & Mansfield¿s book covers the former president well, detailing major events in his life especially in the military area. Presented as a novice soldier under General Braddock, the young Colonel quickly distinguished himself as a born leader who saved many soldiers¿ lives with quick thinking. Later during the Revolutionary War, the commanding General fashioned a new army literally under the sights of a great continental one. Lessons were learned sometimes not as quickly as one would hope, but the impressive firmness of his personal resolve staid his course. Washington comported himself always according to his moral compass and trusted always in the Providence that ruled human affairs. This book serves as a valuable refresher on the time period and serves all readers as an introduction to the father of this country.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Great for those interested in History and Militaria

    I received this book from Booksneeze for free in exchange for my review. I am not being paid.

    This book follows his rise up the ranks in the militia through the various battles and trials. As stated in the book, in less than one year he put in motion the process that would eventually convert his mismatched crew of men into an army able to defeat the best military in the world.

    As America's first President, Washington has a legacy that is huge in our history book and in our hearts. This book takes us through his life before he was commander-in-chief. His military background was hugely important in not only his personal successes, but in the success of our fledgling country. From the book: "He learned to become the father of our country by first being the father of our military".

    Essentially, Washington established what became the armed forces of the United States and therefore created a standard for all future leaders in this country to (try and) follow.

    Born on February 11, 1732 in Virginia, Washington was thrust into the plantation life which was essential to the economy at that time. Cotton crops and plantations run by slaves were how this world worked and Washington was thrown right in, right from birth. Interestingly, during his lifetime there was a change in our calendar and therefore his birthdate was shifted to February 22, 1732.

    In 1751 he ended up in Barbados for a while where the small pox epidemic was running wild. He came down with a minor case which in turn may have saved his life later on. Many would suffer and die of this disease in the future, but Washington himself survived because of becoming immune.

    On January 6, 1759 Washington married Martha Custis and as a result of these two wealthy families combining, he thus became one of the wealthiest men in Virginia.

    After he retired from the military and service, Washington still had an interest in the forming of a governing body for this fledgling country. And thus on May 30, 1789 he was inaugurated as the first president at Wall Street, NY. From the book: "Washington was deeply aware that as the first chief executive, his actions would both establish precedence for future presidents and come under close scrutiny".

    Obviously the country was still evolving and our founding fathers were deciding how things should work, from the biggest detail to the smallest. One decision was trying to come up with how to address the president and the vice president. John Adams, who was the first vice president, was rather portly and was therefore jokingly referred to

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Washington: A Legacy of Leadership

    I must confess that I am not an avid biography reader. I chose Washington: A Legacy of Leadership by Paul Vickery and Stephen Mansfield mostly because I felt that although I know quite a bit about Washington - the statesman, I know very little about the Washington - the man.
    Throughout the book, Vickery has provided many lesser-known facts about Washington's life and has based much of the book on original sources such as Washington's own letters. The author views Washington mostly in a positive light but does not shy away from pointing out the various mistakes Washington made throughout his career.
    Another aspect that makes this book very interesting is the presence of a large number of pictures and illustrations depicting various events from Washington's life and America's history.
    If you are a history buff or a biography lover, you will no doubt love this book, but if not, be prepared for a long and, at times, laborious, read.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    A new look at what you thought you knew

    Even as a little kid in third grade, I remember reading about George Washington and thinking "This guy is so boring, and he sounds fake."
    As Mark Twain once said, "George Washington lacked even the most basic of childhood skills: he couldn't even lie." And I admit, most history books make the man sound just about perfect, definitely too good to be true.
    Fortunately, this book went past the stereo-typical images of George Washington. It brought him down to earth and portrayed him as what he was: an honest but not perfect man, a skilled but sometimes prideful leader, and a courageous founding father.
    This book made George Washington real for me. It took me past my childish images and misconceptions into the world of a real person with real struggles and trials. It took me into the dark, dreary world of the French and Indian War, the bloody, violent days of the Revolution, and the difficulties of politics even in a nation just beginning to develop its political structure.
    The book did have a tendency to become dry in places, but I have yet to read an American president's biography that didn't have that problem. I suppose that is just the nature of the beast. For anyone wanting a new perspective on the life of George Washington and a new respect for all of the brave men who made our freedom and system of government possible, I recommend this book. And, for anyone wanting to overcome a third-grader's image of 'the boy who never told a lie and ended up the president', this is definitely a must-read.

    I received this book free as part of Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program in exchange for my review. A favorable review is not required. Thomas Nelson is committed to gathering accurate and honest opinions from their readers regarding the titles they publish.

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