Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

In this thought-provoking look at George Washington as soldier and statesman, Richard Brookhiser traces the astonishing achievements of Washington's career and illuminates how his character and his values shaped the beginnings of American politics. Brookhiser recaptures the real George Washington in this against-the-grain biographical study that chronicles a remarkable quar In this thought-provoking look at George Washington as soldier and statesman, Richard Brookhiser traces the astonishi...

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Title:Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington
Author:Richard Brookhiser
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Genres:History
ISBN:Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:230 pages pages

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  • Selena
    Dec 03, 2008
    I took a citizenship test not too long ago and had to memorize silly facts about the United States of America. One of the questions was about who the first president of the United States was. It was hard to miss this one. I live in Washington, afterall. And aside from knowing his name,...
  • Kurtbg
    Jun 08, 2013
    This is a quick read which tries to break through the myth of who George Washington was to gain a better understanding of how he conducted himself - and why. RB, author, breaks down the book into sections of career, character, and role as a founding father. Each section provides a brie...
  • Jim
    Nov 11, 2008
    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...
  • Erik Graff
    Dec 02, 2015
    This is a hagiography of George Washington written by a conservative American journalist. Not having read any biography of Washington since elementary school and having an occasional penchant for reading authors of the political Right, I opened it prior to essaying a more substantial, ...
  • Jim
    Jan 18, 2009
    Part of the appeal of studying American history for me, has always been in looking for ways to apply lessons learned about our past to today?s issues. Partly for that reason my favorite form of historical reading is the biographical. It helps personalize history, and allows me, when ...
  • Sandra Strange
    Apr 09, 2018
    Well researched look at the role of Washington in founding the U.S. This book considers Washington's actual achievements, character, and especially, his legacy. The book examines the facts that show Washington's skill as general and leader, not ignoring his challenges and the times he ...
  • Marley
    Jan 02, 2012
    I visited Mount Vernon several lyears ago . Like most, I suppose I saw it as a Sunday outing. I was therefore surprised when I felt emotionally overcome by the place. Standing in Wshington's bedroom I wanted to cry when I saw the bed he died in. (As a sidenote, I was surpirsed at how s...
  • Jon
    Nov 24, 2016
    George Washington was apparently an idiot... LET ME FINISH!.... from an academic stand-point. He had the level of education equivalent to an eighth grader (most of the founders had advanced college degrees). He was a military guy, super rich landowner, and a common guy intellectual. ...
  • Ryan
    Jun 18, 2011
    This was a short, but interesting, read about the character of our nation?s Founding Father. The book emphasizes the monumental character that is George Washington, and which undoubtedly enabled him to take the lead in the birth of the United States. I like that it also showed some o...
  • James Christensen
    Jul 28, 2017
    Perceptive, yet succinct look at Washington's Career, Character & role as Founding Father. ...
  • Dale
    Jul 07, 2014
    An interesting biography, a valuable perspective Founding Father is not a long biography (199 pages), but it is an interesting piece of writing. It is split into 3 areas - about one-half of the book is straight biography, about one-third is an analysis of the character of our first ...
  • Mike Prochot
    Sep 01, 2011
    As more information about George Washington is coming to light as a result of the internet, through cross referencing of published, not published and out of print works, journals and letters, we are getting a fuller picture of the man and I think it is high time we look at him again an...
  • Levi
    Apr 26, 2012
    I was assigned this book for a US History class. It was interesting to learn about George Washington's life in more detail than just his major political accomplishments. Though he never wrote much about himself and therefore we can't know much about his personal thoughts, the accounts ...
  • Urey Patrick
    Apr 14, 2015
    What a wonderfully warm and honest reminder of Washington - the man and the giant historical figure. Not so much a biography as a character study and a compelling reminder of the real man behind the legend. Brookhiser explores aspects of Washington's life and career - his indispensable...
  • Jimmy Reagan
    Jul 25, 2015
    This volume makes the perfect primer on why we should care about Washington. It is not a biography per se, but it seeks to rescue Washington from the caricature that he has too often been presented as. I actually read this when I was in my late twenties, but I still recall the impact i...
  • EricW
    Mar 03, 2017
    I found this biography too short to be useful and a little dull. I recommend Ron Chernow's Washington biography instead. ...
  • Alisa
    Dec 19, 2016
    Reading Richard Brookhiser's Founding Father in 2016 was interesting. If you want to see what the opposite of what George Washington is, just look at Donald Trump. Brookhiser explores three aspects of Washington: his career, his character, and his role as the founding father. In every ...
  • Gary Turner
    Nov 07, 2016
    If you are a fan of American history and especially George Washington, this is a nice read. Personally i enjoyed the later book written by Ron Chernow- Washington, A Life in 2010, but this is a nice book too. There were a few details i had not known. Richard Brookhiser does add some of...
  • Jake W.
    Oct 04, 2012
    Jake Wayda B-5 English My book is called "Rediscovering George Washington Founding Father". It obviously is about George Washington. The main reason why I chose this book is because I went back to Washington D.C. this summer and i also went to Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is where...
  • Larry Hostetler
    Apr 11, 2014
    I have read biographies about George Washington. This is biographical, but it is much more than a biography. It examines the character traits and other aspects (religion, politics, "father of the country", etc.) of Washington's life in detail, and gives much more a feel of the man ...
  • Miles Smith
    Jun 15, 2017
    Founding Father is a good primer on the character and life of George Washington. Brookhiser is as always concise. Founding Father is more uneven than his other works, but certain chapters still stand out. On the presidency, and on the first president's character, this work is quite goo...
  • Ryan
    Mar 11, 2013
    This is a short, concise revisiting of our first president (under 200 pages). The story of Washington proves fascinating with a fresh retelling of most of his life (especially remarkable is the career section) but, at times, Mr. Brookhiser's writing style can get bogged down by being a...
  • Mary Mimouna
    Jun 17, 2017
    I'm so glad that I chose this particular biography of George Washington. Not only did I learn about Washington's behavior and actions in the presidency, I also learned a lot about his interior character. The only thing I missed in this biography was I would have liked to know more abou...
  • Danette
    Mar 19, 2017
    Honestly, much of this was over my head. Or, maybe it just isn't conducive to reading in snatches which is how I have to read. A biography ...
  • Cecilia
    Jul 17, 2017
    I don't claim to be an expert on Washington, his biographies, or biographies in general, but in my opinion, this was a great depiction of the father of our country. While some of the parts were difficult to read, I really appreciated the way this biography was organized. It focused les...
  • Michael Laflamme
    Dec 08, 2016
    From Richard Brookhiser at the end of his powerful meditation on Washington's life: 'Do we understand that liberty isn't a vacation from restraint, but a duty to govern?' A slim volume, but well written and thoughtfully arranged about perhaps are most reserved and private first preside...
  • Scott Pierce
    Feb 28, 2017
    No shortage of Washington biographies, but this one is worth the read, and if not introducing new material, at least reemphasizes the remarkable importance of Washington and the example he set, whether by serving without pay (expenses only), leaving office when he did, freeing his slav...
  • Mont
    Jul 09, 2017
    George Washington appears dull when compared with the genius of Jefferson, or the quirky personality of Benjamin Franklin. So why did all the Founding Fathers consider him indispensable to the cause of American independence? Brookhiser explores Washington's character, his accomplishmen...
  • Susan Miller
    Feb 07, 2017
    Washington did not believe in government by uproar, in part because he feared what use foreign powers might make of it. pg98 "civility" shares the same linguistic root as "civic" an "city". The way men behave in polite society is related to how they order society. Politeness is the ...
  • Rob
    Dec 23, 2017
    Brookhiser is among my favorite authors. He is concise yet informative. Melodic writing style makes for an easy read. ...