George Washington: Man and Monument

George Washington: Man and Monument

by Marcus Cunliffe

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Was it true that Washington was...

...cold, cautious, and obsequious—unapproachable even to his friends?

...a man of vital passion and towering dignity—admired and loved by his soldiers?

...a bumbling general forced into victory by the incompetence of his enemies?

...a brilliant military leader, adept at the new ways of guerrilla warfare?

...egocentric, with the dangerous pretensions of a Caesar?

...a humble, modest man, sacrificing his own pleasure in his devotion to public duty?

What was the myth?...What was the man?

Step by step, author Marcus Cunliffe traces the ancestral background, the childhood, the growth, the failures and achievements of George Washington. He shows us a real person—fallible, ambitious, impatient of criticism, but of iron integrity—maturing from an eager youth to a wiser man.

Cunliffe portrays the destiny of America, as it was mirrored for all time in the man who fought ambitions, uncertainties, and loneliness...who lived through Valley Forge and longed for home...who accepted the Presidency and desired peaceful retirement...who had a tender love for children, but childless, became to a young and needy nation the Father of his country...a man, with all his humanity, triumphant over the monument.

“A terse and highly readable biography.”—Harrison Smith, Saturday Review

“Fascinating and stimulating.”—N.Y. Herald Tribune

“A scholarly, a brilliant, and an illuminating book.”—London Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787204843
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Marcus Falkner Cunliffe (1922-1990) was a British scholar who specialized in American Studies, especially military and cultural history.

He was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, Sandhurst, and Yale, where he was Harkness Fellow. He made his home in Manchester, England, where he lectured at the University of Manchester. He was also a Professor of American Studies at the University of Sussex and a visiting professor at Harvard.

Cunliffe passed away in 1990. That same year, his papers were donated to the George Washington University, which includes diaries, correspondence, research notes, articles, chapters from books, syllabi, exam questions, news clippings, correspondence, original military ballads, illustrations, and photographs that range in date from 1936-1990 (bulk 1960-1990) documenting Cunliffe’s career as a scholar of American history.

In addition to George Washington: Man and Monument (1958), his works include The American Presidency, The Literature of the United States (1954), Pastmasters: Some Essays on American Historians (1969) (Editor, with Robin W. Winks) and Soldiers and Civilians: The Martial Spirit in America, 1775-1865 (1969).

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