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The Ascent of George Washington by John Ferling
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Jul 12, 2010

did not like it
Recommended for: Anybody more willing than I to take semi-harsh criticism.
Read from July 12 to August 03, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 1

While I myself do have an elevated view of George Washington and do find myself placing him in a realm of otherworldliness where he seems to have no faults, it is hard to read about his shortcomings. I am however able to accept his faults because I know that no one is perfect. I feel like Ferling portrays too harsh a view of George Washington, playing up all of his shortcomings, which seems to me, an alarming degree. While no one likes to read negative things about a person they really admire, I just feel that Ferling took it to the extreme. The only good thing about Washington that he found to say was after he'd already died, and then they weren't even his own words. I also feel that this book tends to be tedious in its reading, especially during the war years and that he quoted too many biographers of Washington, almost as if he didn't have enough to say about Washington on his own. Definitely not the best Washington book I've ever read, and while there are some things that I could say to salvage this book, it irks me enough that I'm willing to take the Ferlingesque approach and only pick on its faults.

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Ashley To an alarming degree? :)

Christine Yeah, this guy just makes me mad enough to the point where I'm willing to play it up just to make people not read it. He doesn't deserve to have anyone else read it JUST because I'm unreasonably mad at him.

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