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The Real George Washington (American Classics Series #3)

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The Real George Washington: The True Story of America s Most Indispensable Man. There is properly no history; only biography, wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. If that is true of the general run of mankind, it is particularly true of George Washington. The story of his life is the story of the

Paperback, 928 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by National Center for Constitutional Studies
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Nov 19, 2008 Niki rated it liked it
This book is very informative and interesting to read. It is a little slow to read, especially considering about 350 of the 650 pages are about the Revolutionary War. This book uses mostly information and excerpts from actual letters that GW wrote, so I felt I really got to understand who he really was.

After reading this book I realize that it is a miracle that we won the Revolutionary War and the Constitution was established. I also realize that George Washington was the perfect man for the jo
Oct 01, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
In- depth look at the man who lead our country in battle to secure our freedom and then provided a steady hand in establishing a United States. Written mainly through GW's own words through correspondence, we get a feel for the man whom others felt ( as well as he) was divinely appointed to lead our country at that specific time. He felt many times that he was being guided by " the hand of Providence" and encouraged his armies to attend church services to pray for strength, guidance, and give th ...more
Trevor Parker
Jan 02, 2010 Trevor Parker rated it really liked it
I give this book four stars because of subject matter. I mean, George Washington rocks and I love learning about him.

However, the structure of the book was lacking (I'd give it three stars) and again I felt as if I was reading excerpts and summary instead of an in depth biography. To be fair, how much can I expect in only 600 pages? So while this opened up the character of Washington to me, I now plan on reading another of his biographers in hopes of fleshing him out more.
Emily Powers
Jun 27, 2009 Emily Powers rated it it was amazing
Edmund Burke once said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Biography is not a genre I frequently read, but Burke, Beck and a love of liberty have encouraged me to revisit our founding fathers and the history of the American experiment. Today, it's popular to be a historical revisionist; these voyeurs often delight in "digging for dirty refuse in the rubble of history." The Real George Washington does not "analyze and dissect the man until nothing re ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Shawnah rated it it was amazing
i LOVED this book. I have a much deeper sense of gratituted and appriciation for the American militamen who fought for our Liberty. I also have a greater understanding of the commitment, love, and passion George Washington had and for his life mission, dedication to God and Country. He is right up in the ranks with Joan of ARc for me. I see a great parallel between the two. Both lead poor country's with tiny army's to win a great battle against the Tyrannical England for freedom and Liberty. For ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
In a word - wow! At first I was a bit scared of this book because of how thick it is and because I assumed the subject material would be a bit dry. Boy was I wrong! This book reads like a novel and is very hard to put down. I now have a handful of new heros that are worth emulation: Washington, Nathaniel Green, Lafayette. This book is pure gold - I would highly recommend it as a fantastic way to learn more about America, the revolutionary war, the creation of the constitution and of course about ...more
May 21, 2009 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Debated between a 4 and 5....For a biography it is a 5. Very well researched. I especially love the whole quote section at the end. And I'm glad I bought the book. Why a 4---biographies aren't my fastest read... I have to set it down occasionally--but this one I found myself wanting to read "one more chapter".

But Wow! George Washington is an amazing man. I did visit Mount Vernon last week...and would have loved more of that stuff in this book too...but then think how much of his life he wished
Sep 29, 2014 Stan rated it it was amazing
George Washington was an exceptional man in every regard. I think it safe to say, without him there would be no United States of America. This a thorough biography of his life. I believe the authors of this work made a serious effort to present Washington as he really was, neither embellishing his reputation nor denigrating his name. Nearly half of this volume, Part II, consists Washington's own writings. Allowing his personality and beliefs to stand on their own merit. Part I is the biography o ...more
Joaquin Arguelles
Mar 05, 2014 Joaquin Arguelles rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book in every way. It truly delves into the psyche of the man. Allison backs up virtually everything he writes with what seems to be countless references to writings by Washington and by his contemporaries. This review is not about George Washington who is, to me, the ultimate real-life superhero, but about the book. I say that because it may be difficult to keep the two apart. Well written, clearly written, detailed; the book talks about the person, it talks about that which makes h ...more
Glenn Kleint
Mar 12, 2012 Glenn Kleint rated it it was amazing
George Washington, American Hero. Want to know who he was, what he did, how he thought, what inspired how and what he sacrified for the birth of this nation? Here is your answer
May 06, 2009 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Very Inspirational, i absolutely loved it.
Oct 03, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it
George Washington was without a doubt a pivotal cog in the machinery of the American Revolution. He served as Commander in Chief of the American armed forces and led its poorly trained and resource-deficient soldiers to victory over the mightiest empire of the time -- Great Britain. He presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and guided tempers and passions to prevail in creating the greatest foundation of any democracy in history. And, when a new union of the states was formed, he ac ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
I had wanted to read "The Real George Washington" for a while, hearing it recommended on Glenn Beck's radio show, which I listen to. I was on the library waiting list for a long time for it, and when it finally arrived, I was dismayed to see that it was over 900 pages! However, a further perusal showed that the biography itself was "only" 600 pages (the rest is an appendix featuring various quotes of Washington's).

I did learn a lot about Washington. He really was impressive -- his cohorts begged
Angie Bollard
Aug 30, 2009 Angie Bollard rated it really liked it
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This was a really interesting and in depth look into the life of our first president. He was an amazing man. He only had a elementary education and he taught himself everything else. He felt unequal to the tasks set before him, but he read voraciously and took the advice of all his closest advisors, especially when their view differed, and he adjusted to anything that was thrown at him. By the age of 27 he was the commander-in-chief for the entire Virgina militia. He was a surveyor and a farmer. ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Christy rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. I didn't know that Washington wasn't as educated as the other Founding Fathers; it's something that really bothered him. He is probably the greatest leader in our history and was so because of his virtue. His humility and willingness to serve despite his longing to retire was amazing. Most people choose to run for office; he was pretty much elected against his will.

Some important points from the book:

Washington was miraculously preserved during the French and Indian War. This s
Andrea Balfour
Feb 24, 2013 Andrea Balfour rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but only rated it a 3 which is really more of a 3.5 because it was more about the Revolutionary War than it seemed to be about George Washington. I understand that the war and George's service to his country via politics were the majority of his life's work so it was a somewhat necessary account. However, there were many war time stories that had nothing to do with our former president. The story presented a man very dedicated to the United States and the constitution. He was ...more
Doran Barton
Dec 27, 2008 Doran Barton rated it it was amazing
America's most indispensable man. I agree. Political types love to quote Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams, but I don't often hear or read quotes from George Washington. In my opinion, more people need to study the words, the life, and the decisions of our first president.

What is there to know about George Washington?

Washington was the last president to not belong to a political party. His top advisors (Jefferson and Hamilton) went on to lead opposing political parties (Repu
Oct 04, 2010 Denise rated it liked it
What an amazing man George Washington was. This book is well researched and includes quotes from letters and eye-witness accounts. He had such a hard job to do and was not particularly well-supported by the fledgling government. But he believed so strongly that the new country was divinely supported and he did his best to help make the patriots dream a reality. This country would not have come into being without George Washington.

It was refreshing to read an historical account of one of the Foun
Jan 16, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
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I loved this book! I have a better appreciation for what Washington did for our country, as well as for all those who fought in the Revolutionary War. Washington was a man who was willing to sacrifice the quiet life he longed for in order to fight for liberty in the War, and support it after the War by being willing to attend and preside the Constitutional Convention as well as serve two terms as President. He had a firm faith in God and felt His hand in the making of this country, which is why ...more
Feb 07, 2010 Margie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All American Patriots
Recommended to Margie by: Glenn Beck
This book should be required reading in high school. My esteem for George Washington has grown a thousand-fold since reading this book. I knew peripherally what he accomplished: leader of the army during the Revolutionary War and first President of the United States, but he was so much more. He was not only a humble servant but pledged his sacred honor and said what he meant and meant what he said. He was the right man at the right time and I refuse to believe other than that he was guided by th ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Cramley rated it it was amazing
Short enough to read without neglecting the rest of your life. Contains the highlights contained in more lengthy books on George Washington.
Dean Akin
Jun 09, 2012 Dean Akin rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
A excellent book on the life of Washington. Thoroughly researched and full of extras in the back of the book, like an extensive alphabetized compilation of GWs writings. All by topic so if you wanted to see what he thought about anything of his time you can look it up. Quotes from many of his contemporaries concerning this remarkable man. After reading this book I have to say he was truly the "Indispensable man" and my favorite founding father. Over 800 pages long the actual biography is 613 pag ...more
Diana Coe
Sep 08, 2015 Diana Coe rated it it was amazing
What a great book. I loved learning more intimate details about the great George Washington and the revolutionary war.
Joyce Oroz
Aug 27, 2010 Joyce Oroz rated it it was amazing
George Washington was always afraid that he wasn't qualified for the jobs people talked him into, like running the American Revolution and being the first president. He was a very devout christian and loved his wife and life at Mount Vernon. Fortunately for America, he spent very little time there, between eight years of war and eight years in office. I don't think he can be compared to any poloticians since. I didn't just learn about Washington. I got a good dose of American history besides. 99 ...more
Phyllis Ritter
Nov 10, 2012 Phyllis Ritter rated it it was amazing
My son recommended this book to me & I am so thankful I listened!! This is one of the very best historical books I have ever read. I have always loved George Washington, but after reading this book, I felt I actually knew him. His letters are used in the writing of this book & I believe that by using his own words, I got to know this patriot on a more personal level. I did find the chapters about the war very disturbing to know that he tried so hard to protect our country, but came acros ...more
Katie Frakes
Dec 04, 2012 Katie Frakes rated it liked it
This book provides great insight bout the life of George Washington. I feel like the text and pictures give great information about his life and accomplishments in the American military and the start of the American government. While this content is mature, I feel like it would work great in a classroom that is older because the information is very important for every American to know and understand. However, while I appreciated the content, I really did not like the illustrations because I foun ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Shauna rated it liked it
I read this for my homeschool mothers' book group. It is on the TJed 5 Pillars list . . . I think. I really liked the insights into George Washington, but the war chapters were quite difficult for me (sleep deprivation as a busy mother makes war chapters from any book difficult to enjoy).

I think it is sad that so many of our youth are taught the negative things about GW, (and I admit, no one is perfect). Yet at the same time, it is important to revere the founders of your country, if the princi
Feb 24, 2015 Randa rated it it was amazing
It was long but I loved the history of the revolutionary war as well as the way that Washington was portrayed.
Eric A.
best biography I've read on George Washington yet
Sep 15, 2014 Kris rated it it was ok
Dull, dry, factual, and too long.

I was proud when I finished this monstrosity, and it was finally over. If you want a minutely detailed account of everything Washington ever did, with a thousand uses of the word "cannon," both plural and singular, then this is the book for you.

To its credit, the actions Washington took during his years in the war do subtly show his character traits. But if you want an intriguing narrative that showed who Washington was as a human being, and his interaction with
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