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This book is superbly written, witty, and a pleasure to read.
Anyone interested in American history, the presidency, the history of the city of Washington, or economic history will love this book.
Achenbach's writing style is informal and entertaining without belying the scholarly nature of his subject.
Fast-paced, informative and entertaining history of Western expansion, but from an angle that's poorly understood. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Avid Reader
The Grand Idea - Joel Achenbach
In 1784, after 8 years as commander of the Continental Army and defeating the British in the process, George Washington retired to his... Read more
George Washington was a giant of a man in the same mold as Churchill, Nelson, Captain Cooke and Ben Franklin. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by John the Reader
This was an enjoyable read. The author presents a balanced perspective of Washington and portrays him fairly accurately. Read morePublished on December 4, 2008 by Brian Sheehan
Grand Idea has not gotten the attention it deserves, it seems to me.
It is a compelling, outstanding addition to books about the revoluntionary war period, and is a... Read more
A great introduction to Washington's early years and exploits before the Revolutionary War and his compulsion with exploring and establishing the Potomac region as the gateway to... Read morePublished on February 16, 2007 by P. Waite
Joel Achenbach begins with, as he admits himself, a small incident in the life of George Washington: a tour he took of his properties in western Pennsylvania in 1784; much of this... Read morePublished on July 1, 2006 by Bomojaz
`The Grand Idea' is a book with a very loose central theme - George Washington's vision (share by many others) of the westward expansion of the young United States, and his idea to... Read morePublished on May 9, 2006 by Theo Logos
Joel Achenbach has found his genus: History. With an extensive amount of research and effort, he has knitted together an extraordinary saga of American historical development and... Read morePublished on October 28, 2004 by William Eaton