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The First of Men: A Life of George Washington

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Written by John Ferling, one of America's leading historians of the Revolutionary era, The First of Men offers an illuminating portrait of George Washington's life, with emphasis on his military and political career.
Here is a riveting account that captures Washington in all his complexity, recounting not only Washington's familiar sterling qualitiescourage, industry, abil

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Published April 1st 1990 by University of Tennessee Press (first published 1988)
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Apr 09, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I've got about 20 pages left to read. These are my thoughts so far:

George Washington: More concerned with his reputation and with getting ahead, and how he would be remembered. Washington comes across as an introvert and loner who will do whatever it takes to win admiration and respect. It was important for him to connect with the right people: those with money, connections, and power. This doesn't mean he didn't have any redeeming qualities, such as taking care of his family and helping his fri
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Apr 30, 2012 Barry Hickey rated it really liked it
Informative, but a bit plodding and tedious at times, capturing the essence of a man drawn to lead a nation sputtering towards self-identity. I am reminded from the work that there are no great men in history, but men with great moments in history. Washington was one of them, self-doubting, withdrawn, erudite, vengeful, loving, he was a man of his times.
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John E. Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he is the author of several books, including "A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic", "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence", and his most recent work, "The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden ...more
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