His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

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To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and political leader and a man whose “statue-like solidity” concealed volcanic energies and emotions.

 

Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here is the free-spending landowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power. We see the general who lost more battles than he won and the reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan feuding of his cabinet. His Excellency is a magnificent work, indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but also of the nation he brought into being.



Title : His Excellency: George Washington
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ISBN : 1400032539
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 pages


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John rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2012

This was the first of two books I'm currently reading about George Washington. As part of my 2-year quest to read the top two biographies of each of our 43 U.S. Presidents, I began with this and Ron Chernow's behemoth "Washington: A Life," a far more comprehensive treatment. Initially I preferred...


Nate rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2008

In "His Excellency," Joseph Ellis has written a very readable and concise synopsis on the life of George Washington. Though more recognizable for his works "Founding Brothers" and "American Sphinx" (about Thomas Jefferson), Ellis successfully undertakes the task of illuminating probably the most...


Emily rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2014

I wish that more biographies were 270 pages. I find that nonfiction is a commitment for me - I read and absorb it much more slowly. Most biographies of people that I'm marginally interested in, then, become totally unrealistic reads. His Excellency: George Washington creates a compelling portrait...


Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 2015

"...his trademark decision to surrender power as commander in chief and then president, was not...a sign that he had conquered his ambitions, but rather that he fully realized that all ambitions were inherently insatiable and unconquerable. He knew himself well enough to resist the illusion that...


Luís rated it ★★★☆☆

August 15, 2016

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Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

December 05, 2010

I'm glad I read this book, but I'm glad I'm finished it too. I'm not sure if I'll read any others by this author. He interjects too much of his own opinions and spent lots of time denigrating his subject! Although I learned a lot, it was pretty dry and did not include enough flesh on the bones of...


Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

November 10, 2016

3 Stars - Good book Let me start by saying that this has been a rough few days. I'll admit I had a hard time reading this because of the current political situation in America. I think that put me in a sour mood, especially reading about the presidency. Not a fan of a certain and I became quite ha...


Don rated it ★★★☆☆

August 19, 2017

Interesting perspective but this was as much opinion as history. I thought the author too often tried to pass off his own opinions as Washington's which detracted from an otherwise solid overview of an amazing man's life.


Jamie rated it ★★★★☆

March 20, 2008

I just returned from a visit to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon, so I'm in a patriotic mood. This is a very readable, enjoyable biography that attempts to explain Washington's character and motivations and to describe the influences which shaped his decisions. The book is fairly short and is wri...


Paul rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2017

A great single-volume biography of the Father of Our Country (in the U.S.A., that is) that seeks to tell the honest truth about the man and the legends around him, showing his flaws and extolling his virtues, Joseph J. Ellis states that while there are multi-volume biographies that are more compr...





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