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General Washington's Christmas Farewell: A Mount Vernon Homecoming, 1783
One of America's greatest Christmas stories and also one of its very first -- from the period between the end of the Revolutionary War and the ratification of the Constitution -- was a creation of none other than George Washington. The story isn't just about Washington coming home for Christmas for the first time since the war began, but about the character of our most imp ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 25th 2007 by Free Press
(first published October 28th 2003)
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Jan 02, 2018 Rob rated it liked it · review of another edition
An interesting little book. Weintraub describes the time of September to December 1863 when Washington makes his sojourn from West Point, New York to his home in Mount Vernon on Christmas Eve. The book highlights the difficulties in travel and communication at his point in history. He describes the yielding of New York (never captured by the Americans) by the British. He also underlines the significance of Washington's conviction of returning to private life and not furthering ambitions for king ...more
This book portrays itself as a look into the human side of the events surrounding GEN Washington's trip home from a long and difficult war for independence, culminating in a Christmas Eve homecoming at his Mount Vernon plantation. For that reason only, I rate the book lower than five stars. Had it instead claimed to be an in-depth, historical account of Washington and the time, events, and persons surrounding him during his travels homeward in the winter of 1783, I might have expected the steady ...more
My dad recommended this book a while ago and he doesn't finish reading anything he doesn't find interesting so I added it to my list. I found it informative and I certainly learned a lot about the Revolution (especially the period between Yorktown and the finalization of the Treaty of Paris, two years about which I knew nothing). That said, the writing was a tad dry. Weintraub tried to intersperse the narrative of Washington's journey with character sketches and anecdotes about wartime occurrenc ...more
After eight years in battle with only one opportunity to see his wife at home, Washington is ready to be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas 1783. Unfortunately, he has about three hundred miles to travel first, and just about everyone in the new country wants to make a speech of thanks while he is nearby. If you're looking for a general book on Washington, this doesn't give enough of an overview of his life (as His Excellency by Joseph Ellis does), but it provides some interesting detail that a b ...more
A great read of George Washington's farewell to his military life. After the British surrender and signing of the Treaty of Paris, Washington began to travel from New York to his estate of Mount Vernon in Virginia. Along the journey, he gave various farewell addresses and goodbyes to his officers, congress and various communities. This great book highlights this and much more.
Cincinnatus, the reoccupation of New York, hero worship, and domestic yearnings. Not for those who don't know what came before and what came after, or for those who place narrative above documentary evidence. But a nice glimpse at a particular moment -- and one of the most unique gestures in the history of power.
Weintraub was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 1929. He was the eldest child of Benjamin and Ray Segal Weintraub. He attended South Philadelphia High School, and then he attended West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University of Pennsylvania) where he received his B.S. in education in 1949. He continued his education at Temple University where he received his mast ...moreMore about Stanley Weintraub...