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His Excellency: George Washington


Joseph Ellis follows Washington from his military career to his presidency, illuminating the difficulties the first executive faced as he worked to keep the emerging country united in the face of adversarial factions. He details aspects of Washington's private life - his marriage and subsequent entrance into the upper echelons of Virginia's plantation society, his large debts, his attitude towards slavery, his relationship with his profligate stepson - that shaped the public figure. Throughout, Ellis reveals to us Washington in the context of 18th-century America, allowing us to comprehend the magnitude of his accomplishments and the character of his heart and mind as they might have been perceived in his own time. Brilliantly conceived, His Excellency is a revelatory biography, likely to be one of the seminal American history books of the decade. Hide synopsis

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by Richard on May 24, 2009

Detailed beyond belief & well put together. Everything about the great man you could want to know are within the pages. A great read for any one interested in learning the truth about Mr. Washington. He never had wooden teeth & was an incredibly amazing liar.

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