His Excellency: George Washington (Vintage)
To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exactingscholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premierhistorians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimesseems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washingtonas a military and political leader and a man whose “statue-like solidity” concealedvolcanic energies and emotions.
Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculoussurvival in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here is the free-spendinglandowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentmentof imperial power. We see the general who lost more battles than he won and the reluctantpresident 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 subjectbut also of the nation he brought into being.
"ÝEllis has done it again. This is an important and challenging work: beautifully written, lively, serious and engaging." "-The Boston Globe" "Absorbing. . . . An incisive portrait Ýthat¨ eloquently conveys the magnitude of Washington's accomplishments." -"The New York Times"show more
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