"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.
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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.
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.
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.