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 Rush, 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 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....
|Title||:||His Excellency: George Washington|
|Publisher||:||Vintage Reprint edition November 8, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||671 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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His Excellency: George Washington Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I had neglected our 1st President since high school and feel I learned a lot from this book. Looking for something more in depth, I am now reading "Washington, a Life" by Chernow. This is a more detailed look, but I might not have read it without starting on "His Excellency, George Washington." This book is an excellent place to start and an easy read. It is also about 1/2 the lengthj of the Chernow book, so start there.
At ~275 pages before the acknowledgements, this book naturally leaves one wanting for detail, but is enjoyable and a great introduction or summation of some of the key points in Washington's eventful life. Prior to picking a Washington bio (having been prompted by McCullough's 1776), I had considered just plunging into Chernow's Washington: A Life, but feeling 800+ pages a bit more than I had confidence to chew, I opted to ease into it with His Excellency, and found myself immediately ordering Washington: A Life upon finishing. I do not regret it, as I enjoyed the read, but would advise someone in a similar situation to just go ahead and read Chernow's take - I both prefer his style and find the subject of such interest that it requires the greater level of detail that is provided in Washington: A Life.
Not having read any biographies specifically about our first president, I was impressed to find one that looked good without being over 500 pages. Ellis’ work came also with the promises attached to having won two Pulitzer Prizes for “Founding Brothers” and “American Sphinx”. I was not disappointed.
Ellis does an excellent job in his research of our most famous Founding Father. What I took away most from this book was Washington's constant fixation on what people would think about him in the future. He was overly-conscious of how his words and actions might be interpreted and went to great lengths to ensure that they would be held in high regard. His line of thinking was that the manner in which a person would be regarded was solely dictated by posterity.