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His Excellency: George Washington

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781400040315
Author(s): Joseph J. Ellis
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Dimensions: 165 x 246 x 34 (w x l x h)
Pages: 352

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The author of seven highly acclaimed books, Joseph J. Ellis has crafted a landmark biography that brings to life in all his complexity the most important and perhaps least understood figure in American history, George Washington. With his careful attention to detail and his lyrical prose, Ellis has set a new standard for biography.
Drawing from the newly" "catalogued Washington papers at the University of Virginia, Joseph Ellis paints a full portrait of George Washington's life and career-from his military years through his two terms as president. Ellis illuminates the difficulties the first executive confronted as he worked to keep the emerging country united in the face of adversarial factions. He richly details Washington's private life and illustrates the ways in which it influenced his public persona. Through Ellis's artful narration, we look inside Washington's" "marriage and his subsequent entrance into the upper echelons of Virginia's plantation society. We come to understand that it was by managing his own" " large debts to British merchants that he experienced firsthand the imperiousness of the British Empire. And we watch the evolution of his attitude toward slavery, which led to his emancipating his own slaves in his will. Throughout, Ellis peels back the layers of myth and uncovers for us Washington in the context of eighteenth-century America, allowing us to c Please click here to ask a question
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