His Excellency George Washington Author:Joseph J. Ellis To 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 Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military... more » 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 more 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.« less
This was the first time I understood Washington the man, as well as the president. I came to know him and respect him more as a real person, with hopes, fears, and ideals. He was truly a remarkable man, and this book captured what I think was the true essence of who he really was.
A thorough examination of the man first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen. I love biographies and this one was well done. An examination of the first 'American' and the ideals that led him to accept the leadership of the patriots' army, the Continental Congress and finally our first president. Some high ideals were held, but the ability to reconcile his ideals with the realities of the world in which he lived.