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The Life of Washington (The John Harvard Library)

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"George," said his father, "do you know you killed that beautiful little cherry-tree yonder in the garden?" This was a tough question, and George staggered under it for a moment, but quickly recovered himself; and looking at his father, with the sweet face of youth brightened with the inexpressible charm of all-conquering truth, he bravely cried out, "I can't tell a lie,

Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 1st 1962 by Belknap Press
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Sarah Clapp
Feb 19, 2016 Sarah Clapp rated it liked it
This book is a bit of an anomaly to review, as I read it for my classics course on The American Presidency and it's non-fiction (a heightened form, sure) and not something I'd just pick up at the library. But I enjoyed it! Like, I don't know what to say. There's a bee metaphor, so I guess that's good. The tone was quite lofty, which just made it a hoot (just open it up, put on a passionately affected British accent and listen to how over the top it sounds). Idk, fun to see the classical allusion ...more
Emma Hatto
Oct 05, 2015 Emma Hatto rated it did not like it
Did not enjoy this book at all. The writing, though mostly factual, is completely biased and idolising of Washington, presenting him as a god-like figure who can do no wrong rather than a real human being. As a history student, I have read far better accounts.
Bryson Shaw
Feb 18, 2014 Bryson Shaw rated it liked it
Washington was such an amazing man. A true American story of a self made man that at that time could really only happen in America. Washington was a man that feared God and always lead with God in the front of his mind.
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Mason Locke Weems, more commonly known as Parson Weems, was an American book agent and author best known for his biography of President George Washington, with its most likely apocryphal tale of chopping down the cherry tree.
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