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The First of Men: A Life of George Washington
 
 
Author
John E. Ferling.
Publisher Oxford  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9780195398670
Pages/Publication Date 598/2010
Daedalus Item Code 13716
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Written by one of America's leading historians of the Revolutionary era, this is an illuminating portrait of George Washington's life, with emphasis on his military and political career. John Ferling captures Washington in all his complexity, recounting not only his sterling qualities—courage, industry, ability to make difficult decisions, ceaseless striving for self-improvement, and loyalty to friends—but also his character flaws. In Washington's own writings, Ferling finds his personality and temperament were those of "a self-centered and self-absorbed man, one who since youth had exhibited a fragile self-esteem." And yet he managed to realize virtually every grand design he ever conceived; his leadership and character galvanized the American Revolution and helped the fledgling nation take, and survive, its first unsteady steps.

"Ferling obviously has a rare feel for the language. His prose is at times almost poetry, his re-creations of the scenes of Washington's endeavors, especially the natural surroundings in which the surveyor, the planter, and the soldier labored, are gripping and masterful."—American Historical Review

 
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