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  • Paperback: 743 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund (July 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865970602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865970601
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
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Any comprehensive study of a historical figure must include a reading of his or her words, public and private. This collection of letters and addresses spans George Washington's entire life and provides a behind the scenes look at how he managed many of the seemingly insurmountable problems he faced. Maintaining good order and discipline in the continental army, dealing with a lethargic continental congress, lending support for adoption of the consitiution, the trials of organizing the executive branch of the government as it's first president...all are brought to life through the great man's own words. His numerous private letters show the depth of feeling he held for his friends. The only fault in this work is a lack of in-depth background information on the events and people discussed in his writings. Additional footnotes would help those of us only vaugely familiar with that period in American history. This book is a great opportunity for all Americans to come to know the man and the magnitude of his achievements better than ever before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Moss on January 1, 2013
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George Washington: A Collection is a nice one volume sampling of the writings, papers, etc. of the first president of the United States edited by W. B. Allen and published by Liberty Fund that spans over his adult life (1756-1799). The book is well organized into fourteen different chapters that include several different pieces that correspond to the given chapter. Each chapter also contains interesting headnotes which are a useful setup that goes well with the contents of each chapter. Readers should keep in mind that this is just a small sampling of Washington's writings. Although this is a good resource it is in no way definitive, his collected works I believe run around 40+ volumes.

The content of this work varies from letters to presidential addresses. Contained in this collection are letters to such notables as Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and his good friend Lafayette to lesser known individuals such as President James Warren, and Major General Nathanael Greene.

The collection contains some of Washington's more memorable writings such as his noteworthy farewell address that included thoughts on faction, morality, education (diffusion of knowledge), foreign policy and permanent alliances among other subjects. Washington's farewell address took four months before it was published on September 19, 1796 and enlisted the help Madison, Hamilton and John Jay to complete the address. Found in the epilogue is Washington's Last Will and Testament (July 9, 1799) which another notable piece of writing in which Washington calls for the emancipation of his slaves, among other topics.

Continuing on the topic of slavery is an interesting part of a 1786 letter Washington sent to his good friend Lafayette.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bombshelterbob on April 29, 2012
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Many books that you might read about the founding and the people that designed it will use quotes from these letters, speeches, and journals. Many will misquote (intentionally or not), inaccurately cut and paste (intentionally or not), or just plain "pooch it" when it comes to the words of Washington. I bought this book so that I could read the whole letter, the complete speech, or the full article and see the context of the words. This book isn't a reader, it's a resource, if you read this cover to cover you'll be bored silly. Go to it to check, verify, or debunk what you read elsewhere. In this age of socialist revisionism, you can't take anything about the founders and their work for granted, original correspondence is critical in it's ability to clear away the crap and propaganda. This book is perfect for that purpose and I highly recommend it. George Washington once again becomes a living, breathing, and understandable human being. You no longer have to accept a declared belief of Washington based on the interpretation of some silly socialist with an agenda, now you can hear the truth directly from the man himself.
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