Johnson, Paul, 1928-

George Washington : the Founding Father / Paul Johnson. - 1st ed. - New York : Atlas Books/HarperCollins, c2005. - 126 p. ; 19 cm. - Eminent lives . - Eminent lives. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 125-126).

Young gentleman's youth in Virginia -- Gallant young colonel and his rich wife -- Slaveowner, agricultural pioneer, builder -- Commander in chief and victor -- Creating a nation: Theory -- Creating a nation: Practice -- Last years.

Washington is the most important figure in the history of the United States. Against all military odds, he liberated the colonies from the superior forces of the British and presided over the process to produce a Constitution. In two terms as president, he set that Constitution to work. Despite his importance, Washington remains today a distant figure to many Americans. Previous books about him are immensely long and complicated. Paul Johnson has now produced a brief life that presents a vivid portrait of the great man as young warrior, masterly commander-in-chief, patient Constitution maker, and exceptionally wise president. He also shows Washington as a farmer of unusual skill and an entrepreneur of foresight, patriarch of an extended family, and proprietor of one of the most beautiful homes in America, which he largely built and adorned.--From publisher description.

006075365X (acid-free paper) 9780060753658 (acid-free paper)


Washington, George, 1732-1799.

United States. Continental Army --Biography.

Presidents--United States--Biography.
Generals--United States--Biography.

United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States--Politics and government--1789-1797.

E312 / .J67 2005

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