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Washington by Douglas Southall Freeman

"Freeman's treatment of Washington as a Commander in Chief is virtually definitive" (The New York Times Book Review).

Washington is the most complete, definitive one-volume biography of George Washington ever written. In 1948 renowned biographer and military historian Douglas Southall Freeman won his second Pulitzer Prize for his new and dramatic reexamination of George Washington. For years biographies had gone from idolatry to muckraking in their depictions of this somewhat marbleized Founding Father. Freeman’s new interpretation was a fresh step, making Washington a living, breathing individual, flawed but heroic. An able commander who defeated the British Empire against incredible odds, Washington proved to be just as adept at wielding political power, and adroitly steered our new loosely called nation through the first stormy years of our unproven federal stewardship and the first two presidential administrations.

Here with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Kammen, who puts the writing and publication of Washington into perspective, and an afterword by Pulitzer Prize winner Dumas Malone, who explains the travails of Freeman’s grinding work, Washington is the most comprehensive biography available, and its value as an important classic has never been more evident.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439105337
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 710,539
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Douglas Southall Freeman, the son of a Confederate soldier, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1886. He was commissioned to write a one-volume biography of Lee in 1915, but his research and writings over two decades produced four large volumes. Freeman won another Pulitzer Prize for his six-volume definitive biography of George Washington. He died in 1953.

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Washington 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding scholarly material. No, it does not read like a Harry Potter book or People Magazine. It is for the serious reader and is an excelelent source for history majors or someone who really wants to know the complete Washington. Freeman is a two-time Pulitzer winning author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I may miss something here, but I found this one of the dryest, most difficult and colorless reads I have had in quite some time. I couldn't wait to put it down. There has got to be a better way to present Mr. Washington. If someone knows of a version that they found entertaining and that captures the real Washington, I'd appreciate the advice. I'm college educated but maybe not sophisticated enough to appreciate Mr. Freeman's writing style. For those out there who like easy and understandable, I'd avoid this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best in depth portrait of Wahington and the times in which he lived that I've come across. Ron Chernow's book is perhaps less encumbered with historical detail but I view Freeman's rigor as essential with a subject as elusive as Washington. Recommended.
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