George Washington: An Illustrated Biography

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America's first president has become an icon, but Washington the man has remained something of a mystery, even today. Already a national hero well before his legendary presidency, George Washington revealed himself not only as a strong leader, but also as a pragmatic, skilled, and modest politician.

Here is the full story of the life of George Washington, told with quotes from his voluminous correspondence and accounts by his peers, and accompanied by detailed historical ...

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Overview

America's first president has become an icon, but Washington the man has remained something of a mystery, even today. Already a national hero well before his legendary presidency, George Washington revealed himself not only as a strong leader, but also as a pragmatic, skilled, and modest politician.

Here is the full story of the life of George Washington, told with quotes from his voluminous correspondence and accounts by his peers, and accompanied by detailed historical illustrations. David A. Adler brings to life the man behind the great soldier and statesman, and unveils the dignity and humility that were the backbone of the public figure, lauded as "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens."

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-This comprehensive look at America's premier founding father literally spans his lifetime and attempts to focus (with the small amount of data available) on how Washington's early character formation impacted his decisions as a military officer and later as president. The book possesses a definite sense of flow with good-sized text and relevant black-and-white reproductions on every page. The illustrations are largely engravings from the late 19th century. Maps and genealogical charts are clear and helpful. The writing style is accessible without ever falling prey to oversimplification and even high-schoolers (particularly reluctant readers or ESL students) would find this volume useful for reports. The author does fictionalize Washington's "thoughts" or dialogue, but even this fictionalization is well documented in the meticulous source notes that are appended. Adler relies heavily on late-19th- and early-20th-century biographies of Washington. Surprisingly, many excellent recent biographies and Colonial-period retrospectives were absent from the bibliography. Informative appendixes include biographical profiles of Washington's generals and cabinet, a chronology, a list of important battles, and source notes. A thorough index with text and illustration entries and see-also references assists students seeking specific information. A solid choice for libraries needing biographies of famous Americans.-Courtney Lewis, Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, Kingston, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
George Washington was a "silent man of action" involved in the French and Indian War, the Continental Congress, the American Revolution, and the Constitutional Convention. This straightforward account of Washington's life and times provides a good introduction to the causes of the break with England as well as the character of the man. Notably, primary sources are allowed to speak for themselves at times and readers are able to make their own conclusions, supported and guided by a clear text. Washington's letters, for example, demonstrate how his opinion on slavery gradually changed over time. Letters, maps, engravings, drawings, and portraits, all carefully attributed to their sources, enliven the text. Though carefully documented, with lists of famous quotations, battles, generals, and cabinet members, 50 pages of such supporting material overload the volume, and still there's little to guide young readers and their teachers to the wealth of good resources available. An attractive volume nonetheless-and a useful research tool for young biography fans. (chronology, Web sites, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823418381
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 990,852
  • Age range: 10 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Genealogy ix
Maps x
Preface xiii
1 A Time of "Tearful Ecstacy" 1
2 A Clap of Thunder, A Bolt of Lightning 13
3 A Quiet Year 19
4 "Being in the Spring of Life" 27
5 "Young Men Have Ever More a Special Care" 36
6 Washington's Journal, My Journey to the French 41
7 "I Have Heard the Bullets Whistle" 46
8 "Such Deadly Sorrow" 57
9 Martha Dandridge Custis Washington 61
10 Sell Him "for Whatever He Will Fetch" 67
11 "If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It!" 76
12 "I Do Not Think Myself Equal to the Command" 89
13 "The Ragged Fellows Are the Boys for Fighting" 102
14 "I Think the Game Will Be Pretty Well Up" 110
15 The "Old Fox" 119
16 "Stand Fast, My Boys!" 127
17 "Whom Can We Trust Now?" 135
18 "Posterity Will Huzza for Us" 142
19 "I Here Offer My Commission" 153
20 "No Longer a Public Man" 161
21 "Untrodden Ground" 173
22 Mrs. Washington's Dearest Wish 185
23 "I Am Just Going" 192
Epilogue: "Our Washington Is No More!" 204
Washington's Words 209
Washington's Generals 211
Washington's Cabinet 216
George Washington Time Line 222
Important Battles of the American Revolution 225
Source Notes 228
Selected Bibliography 262
Illustration Credits 265
Recommended Websites 266
Index 267
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