George Washington: The Founding Father (Eminent Lives)
By far the most important figure in the history of the United States, George Washington liberated the thirteen colonies from the superior forces of the British Empire against all military odds, and presided over the production and ratification of a constitution that (suitably amended) has lasted for more than two hundred years. Yet today Washington remains a distant figur...more
― Paul Johnson, George Washington
Paul Johnson's micro-biography of George Washington is one of the first in HarperCollins’ “Eminent Lives” series of biographies "by distinguished authors on canonical figures." I first picked this book up with Christopher Hitchens' Emi ...more
حاولت "وطبعا لا أزال" ان اجد شخصا يمكن أن أتشبه به ووجدت أنه اذا استثنينا الأنبياء لأني لا أستطيع أن اكون نبيا فقد ختمت النبوة واستثنينا الذين حباهم الله بمقدرة استثنائية "معجزة الموهبة" والتي لم أجدها لدي إلى الان
فكان جورج واشنطن مثالا جيدا فهو كسيرة حياه شخص عادي ولكنه متميز ...فضلا عن أنه مؤسس أمريكا وما أدراك ما أمريكا
للأسف كانت نسختي الالكترونية ناقصة ولكني تممت الاجزاء ال ...more
Thanks to my education, I always had a better grasp on the intellectual founding of Ameri ...more
George Washington's church attendance was 50% or less. He was impatient with long sermons and never read religious works. In twenty volumes of correspondence, there is not a single mention of Christ. In no surviving letter of his youth does the name Jesus appear, and only twice thereafter. "Providence" occurs more frequently than God. He was more inclined to freemasonry than to Christianity.
He was a se ...more
One thing that I liked about this book, was that it didn't just talk about George Washington during his presidentcy, but it also talked about him before and after he was President. I liked that t ...more
Johnson depicts George Washington as prudent and pragmatic--perhaps less erudite than John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, but well-read and thoughtful in his own right. And he was a man of many talents: A capable administrator of his own estate, who managed to mak ...more
It may be a pet peeve of mine not shared by others, but I found Johnson’s relations of events and people to be distastefu ...more
It gets back to the famous quote by England's King George III after Washington's ragtag Continental Army finally defeated the British, at the time the most formidable military power on earth. I'll quote the passage a ...more
There is ample attention given to Washington's concept of limited power and his abhorrence of slavery. The book also gives strong analysis of how America's first commander-in-chief managed the war effort and the tran ...more
While most of the book talked about the good things that George Washington did, the author did say that he believed failing to abolish slavery was George Washington's ...more
Johnson is a great writer and historian, but he mailed this one in.
I'd normally say that in a 120 pages, you can't expect too much, but after reading Conor Cruise O'Briens book on Washington, First in Peace. This is clearly not the case.
Skip this, unless you don't want to read the much better Chernow (much longer), or just about any other biography.
This is the first of the Eminent ...more
This short biography hits the high points, and low, of an extraordinary man. Despite its brevity, it certainly told me more than I knew before about his life, and how he got to the pinnacle he later attained. Recommended!
Paul Johnson has published over 40 books incl ...more