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Product Details

  • Series: American Classic Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Constitutional Studies; Reprint edition (December 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880800143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880800143
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In first grade--true story--I was the best speller of the word THE in the entire class. Thus began my love for words.

My love for writing blossomed when I was in a tiny high school in Melba, Idaho. I wrote a hundred or two hundred poems during that period. No amount of money will get me to show them to you. (Well, I guess you could make me an offer.)

Early on I won an award for a very odd and very short story. That got me hooked. A couple of years later, I wrote the campaign speeches for many of those running for student body offices--including some who were running against each other. I don't recall who won, but clearly my speeches made the difference!

In the decades that followed, I have written, coauthored, or compiled three dozen books. These books have ranged in subject matter from American history to child rearing to trivia to biblical scholarship. A few have been written for children. One book was a historical novel and another was a series of short, fanciful stories. My nonfiction efforts have been eclectic and wide ranging. The one common denominator: a desire to elucidate and explain, to synthesize and to share. Some of my books (The Santa Claus Book, under a pseudonym, and The Real George Washington) stayed in print for decades and sold well over 100,000 copies each. Others (more's the pity) have not done as well. But every one has been a labor of love and a delight to devote a part of my life to.

When I have not been writing, I've worked as a professional editor and researcher. When I go home, I get to be a family man. My wife and I had a household of exceptional, rambunctious children that eventually turned into a household of visiting exceptional, rambunctious grandchildren.

Truly life is a splendid adventure.

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237 of 248 people found the following review helpful By Larene Spitler on June 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was well written.. and it is very easy to read... even for kids. George Washington was a man of character. He is a great example to follow. This book will help you understand why he did what he did... why he refused to be King George... why he got involved in the revolutionary war. And after reading this book, you will gain a tremendous love and respect for the founding father of our country. And you will understand why they called him "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen".
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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The authors have gone to great effort to include and document quotations from original documents including personal communications. In a very readable style, they cover Washington's life, the historical events taking place during his life and his role in them. I found it to be enjoyable reading as well as an excellent research source.
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128 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Newell A. Franks II on January 28, 2002
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I recently took this book with me to read on a trip to South Africa. The book is outstanding in every way. I will recommend this book to every reader that I know. Washington was one of the great men of U.S. and world history. The book does a great job of bringing George Washington to life for the reader.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Zechman on October 12, 2008
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This book is one of the greatest worthwhile books I have ever read. Leaning about the real George Washington brought tears to my eyes in several of the chapters. How much this man was respected and how much he was loved by the people of this country and how much of his personal life he gave to his country is a standard that none of our recent presidents could even come close to. Should be a required reading for every highschool student.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By W. Rogers on March 9, 2009
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I highly recommend this book about the life and times of George Washington. The book is detailed (drawing upon historical documents) and gives a clear picture of his entire life. A rather long book. But, well worth the time to read. By reading this book one can easily see how Washington's personal code of ethics and value system started and matured.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Marsha M. Schendel on March 30, 2009
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The Real George Washington (American Classic Series)
This book should be required reading in every high school. It should replace history text books about the American Revolution. I was very disappointed that the public library did not have one single copy. So much is in this book that connects to what we are or need to be today.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ace on February 14, 2009
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I just got done with this book. WOW - I couldn't leave it alone. This book consumed my thoughts and drew me in to the life of an unappreciated (in these times) GREAT MAN. George was HERO in every way. Without him, our country would not BE. This coming Washington's Birthday and every one from now on will have new meaning for me. My hat goes off to one of America's Best Men. This book is a story that should be required reading for every child in school. Well written and easy to absorb. Highly Recommended.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mind-Body-Spirit VINE VOICE on March 26, 2009
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This book is experiencing a rebirth among readers these days. I think that our growing concerns about America's current political and economic course are motivating many of us to learn more about our country's roots. And George is a great place to start.

The last I heard much about George Washington was in elementary school. I remember the cherry tree story, but my knowledge of this gentleman was pretty sketchy beyond that. I had the impression that he was a good and honorable man, but again, I had few specifics.

This book took care of that. This amazing man makes all of our contemporary Presidents pale in comparison. His interests were in strengthening our country and helping it to grow, PERIOD. He lead our country honorably and with little self-interest, or so it seems.

This book should be required reading for every US Presidential candidate.
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