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Founding Father by Richard Brookhiser
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Jan 02, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, biography-and-memoir
Read in October, 2007

This isn't so much a straight biography as a series of extended essays on the character and importance of George Washington. (It also stands as a short biographical sketch of his life.)

Brookhiser leaves us in no doubt as to Washington's status as the indispensible man, without whom American independence, the Constitution, or the secure establishment of the Republic may well have not occurred. The author also goes to great lengths to rescue Washington, the man, from our conception of Washington-as-marble-statue. The resulting human being is all the more remarkable.

Brookhiser is one of the better (maybe the best) writers and thinkers to come out of William F. Buckley's National Review. He's one of those rare writers who can make you feel entertained and smart at the same time.

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