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    Woodrow Wilson(Author)

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  • PDF | 472 pages
  • Woodrow Wilson(Author)
  • Nabu Press (September 11, 2010)
  • English
  • 3
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Meks Librarian on May 7, 2012

    A book I downloaded to my Kindle, because a) it was for free, b) I like biographies and c) I didn't know anything about George Washington except for that he was the first President of the United States of America.William Roscoe Thayer wrote this biography in 1922, and the reason for him to do that is stated in the preface, in his own words: "I was interested to discover, if I could, the human residue which I felt sure must persist in Washington after all was said. Owing to the pernicious drivel of the Reverend Weems no other great man in history has had to live down such a mass of absurdities and deliberate false inventions."The author also feels he should "...warn the reader that this book aims only at giving a sketch of George Washington's life and acts."Well, he succeeded in this, and I did enjoy reading it, also because of the style and language used. There were many words I had to look up, not being at all familiar with military terms (furlough? That certainly wasn't part of the curriculum when I learnt English at school several decades ago!), and Mr. Thayer must have done a lot of research; there are footnotes on almost every page, and an extensive source register makes up the last 10 % of the book.What he did not manage to do, at least not for me, is to convey a clearer picture of George Washington as a person. Yes, his character, his habits (apparently, he was very fastidious with his clothes), his looks and his way of dealing with problems are thoroughly described, as are the military campaigns and political events he was part of. But if I had to sum up in one word what I feel is lacking here, that word would have to be "atmosphere".You know when you can really delve into a book, into a story, the characters becoming real for you, the places being conjured up in front of your inner eye, complete with sounds and scents? That did not happen for me here, and I certainly do not blame the author; he probably never intended to create something so personal and atmospheric - after all, he said it himself, the book was supposed to be a sketch.And at that, it is very good.

  • By NTSC on August 20, 2017

    The writing was not that interesting. This may be the first bio of Washington I've read as an adult, and is certainly the first work by Wilson. We I not reading Presidential bios for other reasons, I doubt I would return to either the subject or the author.No notes, no bibliography. From Wilson I would expect a scholarly work, not something that seems to be written for high schoolers.Not much space on six years as a General, as the President of the Constitutional Convention or as the first President. Not much information in the military or surveying preceding them.

  • By Les Stewart on July 27, 2017

    A book written by a politician, a long winded one at that, he tells of George Washington's early life and his early military experiences, The author explains everything that the early revolution leaders argued about and went on and on about how GW suffered at Valley Forge.

  • By John Riley on September 1, 2016

    For anyone looking for an introductory biography of George Washington, this is a reasonable choice. Since the book was written about a century ago-- and the author does quote from Washington's and his contemporaries' correspondence throughout-- the language can be challenging occasionally. The book is not particularly in depth (except maybe as regards his death) but it does effectively give the reader a grasp of the scope of Washington's life, from cradle to grave.

  • By Pete on December 5, 2017

    very nice , and the quality with Royal Bobbles does make a big difference

  • By Bill Benson on September 16, 2016

    America was surely blessed by Providence to have had such a man to help bring us into existence. Many helped fashion the governmental forms, but it truly was fortunate that such a man as this was here. It was great to refresh my memory of such greatness and I heartily recommend this book.

  • By Ava on February 15, 2011

    I enjoyed reading and seeing a side to an important founding father that I had not really known much about in the past. Yes, in school way back when, I would have found this more interesting and helpful than the trash we were given to read in our history books. I would say, read it. It gives you a lot, let's you ask questions about history in a good way. It does show the harshness of war and the sentiment of the times in a shortened form. It gave me an interest in learning more about him and others from our beginnings. Granted free always helps, but the information learned was excellent and insightful.

  • By Freyja Richardson on April 4, 2015

    A perfect biography of Washington that you can either read to your kids or that they can read to themselves. The story details his birth, childhood, early education, his time spent on America's frontier, the Revolutionary War, his presidency, and his later years. The text is accompanied by lovely and appropriate pictures. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to teach their child/students more about George Washington.


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