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“Although there is no such thing as definitive history, Lengel’s book now tops the list as the most comprehensive and authoritative study of Washington’s military career ever written.”
–Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington
“Historians have long debated George Washington’s generalship. Now, armed with many previously untapped sources obtained by the acclaimed Papers of George Washington project Edward Lengel enters the fray with a full-scale biography of Washington the soldier. With a sharp eye for drama, a mastery of detail, and balanced and insightful judgments, Lengel gives us a brilliant and compelling study of the military strengths and weaknesses of the remarkable man who was ‘first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.’”
–John Whiteclay Chambers II, Rutgers University, editor of The Oxford Companion to American Military History
“Ed Lengel knows the Washington military papers as have few historians, past or present. His study of Washington’s career as a soldier is a model of clarity and judicious analysis. It deserves a wide readership.”
–Don Higginbotham, Dowd Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Lengel has immersed himself in the most important sources bearing on Washington’s military life. He has not neglected other primary sources, and he has also used existing scholarship well. The result is a book that covers Washington’s military career from beginning to end and offers fresh insights into Washington’s role in the American Revolution.”
–Robert Middlekauff, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted July 21, 2006
Mr. Edward Lengel's portrayal of General George Washington reflects a man like all men whose character has both strong points, and shortcomings. A man of foresight who sees better than his comtempporaries what greatness awaits America. A man that each and every American should be thankful was present and willing to serve his country so loyally in one of our countries darkest hours.
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