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The first of men : a life of George Washington, John E. Ferling

Label
The first of men : a life of George Washington
Title
The first of men
Title remainder
a life of George Washington
Statement of responsibility
John E. Ferling
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Written by John Ferling, one of America's leading historians of the Revolutionary era, The first of men offers an illuminating portrait of George Washington's life, with emphasis on his military and political career. Here is a riveting account that captures Washington in all his complexity, recounting not only Washington's familiar sterling qualities--courage, industry, ability to make difficult decisions, ceaseless striving for self-improvement, love of his family and loyalty to friends--but also his less well known character flaws. Indeed, as Ferling shows, Washington had to overcome many negative traits as he matured into a leader. The young Washington was accused of ingratitude and certain of his letters from this period read as if they were writtenby "a pompous martinet and a whining, petulant brat." As commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, he lost his temper more than once and indulged flatterers. Aaron Burr found him "a boring, colorless person." As president, he often believed the worst about individual officials. Ferling concludes that Washington's 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. Ferling's Washington is driven, fired by ambition, envy, and dreams of fame and fortune. Yet his leadership and character galvanized the American Revolution--probably no one else could have kept the war going until the master stroke at Yorktown--and helped the fledgling nation take, and survive, its first unsteady steps. This superb paperback makes available once again an unflinchingly honest and compelling biography of the father of our country"--Provided by publisher
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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338025
Cataloging source
DLC
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Ferling, John E
Dewey number
  • 973.41092
  • 920
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Washington, George
  • United States
  • Generals
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a life of George Washington
Label
The first of men : a life of George Washington, John E. Ferling
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
p. 579-584
Control code
ocm16833555
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 598 p.
Isbn
9780870495625
Lccn
87026037
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
(Sirsi) AAU-3294
Label
The first of men : a life of George Washington, John E. Ferling
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
p. 579-584
Control code
ocm16833555
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 598 p.
Isbn
9780870495625
Lccn
87026037
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
(Sirsi) AAU-3294

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