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His Excellency: George Washington - Joseph J. Ellis
His Excellency: George Washington
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National BestsellerTo this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his... show more
National BestsellerTo this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and political leader and a man whose “statue-like solidity” concealed volcanic energies and emotions. Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here is the free-spending landowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power. We see the general who lost more battles than he won and the reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan feuding of his cabinet. His Excellency is a magnificent work, indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but also of the nation he brought into being.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400032532 (1400032539)
ASIN: 1400032539
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
4.0
Few names conjure up a vision of American history like that of George Washington. His personage is so well known that his personal history has beef fraught with myth and folklore. Who hasn't heard the story of a young George and the cherry tree? In [b]His Excellency[/b] biographer and historian Jose...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
3.0
Fantastic read..I came across some bias and what could be construed as arrogance by the author, but nothing that couldn't be overlooked. I would put this in my top 5 books of bios of George Washington, but there are others I would def. recommend before this.
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3.0 His Excellency: George Washington
I enjoyed reading other books by Ellis, but this one disappointed me a bit. It was not what I expected. The author looks through the wartime accomplishments and failures of Washington beginning with his time in the French and Indian War. He never gets deeply into the mind of Washington and it fel...
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