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Founding Father

Founding Father

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by Richard Brookhiser
     
 

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In this thought-provoking look at George Washington as soldier and statesman, Richard Brookhiser traces the astonishing achievements of Washington's career and illuminates how his character and his values shaped the beginnings of American politics.

Brookhiser recaptures the real George Washington in this against-the-grain biographical study that chronicles a

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In this thought-provoking look at George Washington as soldier and statesman, Richard Brookhiser traces the astonishing achievements of Washington's career and illuminates how his character and his values shaped the beginnings of American politics.

Brookhiser recaptures the real George Washington in this against-the-grain biographical study that chronicles a remarkable quarter-century career in public life—a record of achievements that is virtually unmatched by any modern leader. Brookhiser recounts Washington's heroic deeds as general and president, his temperament and training, and reflects upon his legacy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A slaveowner who had no children of his own, George Washington, the "father of our country,'' parented wife Martha's two children and treated his staff during the Revolutionary War as "surrogate children,'' according to Brookhiser. George seems to have had weak emotional ties to his own father, Augustine Washington, who died when his son was 11. Despite having the equivalent of a grade-school education, the first president, an avid theatergoer, read widely in politics and current affairs. His destiny as the nation's leader filled him with anxiety, and his aristocratic civility held in check a dangerous temper. Although this Founding Father, a rich plantation owner, hoped slavery would end, he acquiesced to the status quo and refused to sell any of his slaves over the last 20 years of his life. Born an Anglican, Washington, who joined the Freemasons in his early '20s, believed in the providential workings of a God who is an active agent. In this incisive biographical study, National Review senior editor Brookhiser (The Way of the WASP) assembles revealing personal details to help reconcile the public persona with the private man. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Contradicting the recent trend that denigrates Washington, Brookhiser, senior editor at the National Review and author of The Way of the WASP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684831428
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
607,841
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Founding Father 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books on Washington or any founder I have read and I have read many. There is so much to this man that we as Americans dont know. He made this point in his book, and we overlook him today. "He's in our books, in our wallets, but not in our hearts" I think this is sadly true and I hope as Plutarch affected the founding generation that everyone young and old in the nation will read it and realize the greatness and humility our founders were. Also, one commenter quoted the book as saying " he has wooden teeth" The author never said "wooden" he said "false" which is true. Good work Mr. Brookhiser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has to deal with a different side of George Washington we never seen before. The other customer critic gave a bad comment on this book.Read this book if you want to know the real George Washington.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well written book. This is my second time around reading it. Maybe I read it wrong but in the introduction, page 5, ('we do know he had wooden teeth'). I don't think so! I thought it was a well know fact that he DIDN'T have wooden teeth!!