George Washington: An Illustrated Biography

George Washington: An Illustrated Biography

by David A. Adler
     
 
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

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."

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+)

Product Details

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

Meet the Author

David Abraham Adler (born April 10, 1947) is the author of nearly 200 books for children and young adults, most notably the Cam Jansen mystery series, the "Picture Book of..." series, and several acclaimed works about the Holocaust for young readers.

Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler's next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year.

Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career.

Adler has three children and one grandson. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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