George Washington: An American Life (Sterling Biographies Series)

George Washington: An American Life (Sterling Biographies Series)

by Laurie Calkhoven
     
 

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“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”—and first in the minds of schoolchildren, who learn about George Washington as soon as they begin studying American history. From Washington’s Virginia childhood, through his days as a soldier and general, to his inauguration as the first President of the brand-new United

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“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”—and first in the minds of schoolchildren, who learn about George Washington as soon as they begin studying American history. From Washington’s Virginia childhood, through his days as a soldier and general, to his inauguration as the first President of the brand-new United States, and into retirement, this biography captures the full breadth and achievements of his life. It covers both the personal and the private, reveals his views on everything from governmental power to the abolition of slavery, and separates fascinating truth from well-worn legend—including that infamous, but false, tale about chopping down the cherry tree.

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Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Based heavily on Washington's own letters and other writings, this accessible biography follows George Washington's life from childhood to his role as the father of his country. Each chapter opens with a quote from Washington. With titles like "Washington the Soldier" and "The Long Road to Victory" clarify the subject of each portion. Frequent chapter subdivisions make for easier reading, as does the narrative's conversational, colloquial tone: "When he fell for Sally, George fell hard." Numerous illustrations, ranging from archival maps and prints to paintings, portraits, and photographs of important artifacts, enliven the reading experience and provide plenty of color to the page. Sidebars on topics ranging from surveying to those infamous dentures add context and historical interest. A timeline and a fairly limited glossary, as well an index and as a too-brief list of sources, round out the book's supplemental materials. Part of the "Sterling Biographies" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402735462
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Series:
Sterling Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
194,963
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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