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Washington by Ron Chernow
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Mar 14, 11

Read in March, 2011

Superb book. An interesting biography of our best known, but least understood founding father. George Washington is probably one of the greatest leaders of any country in history. He willingly gave up power on multiple occasions. He resigned as general of the Continental Army at the end of the Revolutionary War, and he left office after two terms of the presidency. Peaceful transitions of power did not occur then and they do not happen today. Even today, leaders all across the globe refuse to do what is right for their countries and cede power. Khaddafi and Mugabe are two of the most blatant and current examples of this phenomena. When George Washington left the Continental Army, George III called Washington "the greatest character of the age." George III also stated that if and when Washington gave up his power, "he will be the greatest man in the world." George III was right and Washington's character led to the founding of the greatest country in the world. American exceptionalism exists and our current politicians would be wise to remember that fact.
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