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George Washington Paperback – March 1, 1996
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William Roscoe Thayer wrote this biography in 1922, and the reason for him to do that is stated in the preface, in his own words:
"I was interested to discover, if I could, the human residue which I felt sure must persist in Washington after all was said. Owing to the pernicious drivel of the Reverend Weems no other great man in history has had to live down such a mass of absurdities and deliberate false inventions."
The author also feels he should
"...warn the reader that this book aims only at giving a sketch of George Washington's life and acts."
Well, he succeeded in this, and I did enjoy reading it, also because of the style and language used. There were many words I had to look up, not being at all familiar with military terms (furlough? That certainly wasn't part of the curriculum when I learnt English at school several decades ago!), and Mr. Thayer must have done a lot of research; there are footnotes on almost every page, and an extensive source register makes up the last 10 % of the book.
What he did not manage to do, at least not for me, is to convey a clearer picture of George Washington as a person. Yes, his character, his habits (apparently, he was very fastidious with his clothes), his looks and his way of dealing with problems are thoroughly described, as are the military campaigns and political events he was part of. But if I had to sum up in one word what I feel is lacking here, that word would have to be "atmosphere".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very good. Though a hundred years old, it is very readable. It presents a summary of Washington's life, and we find him a regular human being able to rise to the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by steve
Very informative, from his early beginning right up to his death.Published 1 month ago by kenneth walker
I agree this was brief, yet was politically unbiased to the extent possible; though native Americans might disagree. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Muilenburg
Great introductory to the life of George Washington for small children.Published 2 months ago by A. Hoeltke