George Washington: A Biography

By John R. Alden
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11.33 Hours 12/12/1993 unabridged
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This extraordinary one-volume biography vividly portrays the unbreakable link between George Washington and the nation he helped create, defend, and govern. It begins in 1754, when Washington, beginning his military career with the Virginia Regiment, makes the decision to fire the opening shots of war between England and France. Carrying through the darkest winter of the American Revolution, he demands total victory and yields to nothing less. George Washington unified a new country torn by turmoil and would earn the love and respect of his soldiers, his countrymen, and his peers. Rich anecdotes and fascinating historical documents reveal Washington’s critical role in the birth of our nation. Alden provides an interesting and well-balanced single volume biography that exemplifies Washington's greatness by highlighting the wisdom and devotion he demonstrated while helping to form this nation.

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This extraordinary one-volume biography vividly portrays the unbreakable link between George Washington and the nation he helped create, defend, and govern. It begins in 1754, when Washington, beginning his military career with the Virginia Regiment, makes the decision to fire the opening shots of war between England and France. Carrying through the darkest winter of the American Revolution, he demands total victory and yields to nothing less. George Washington unified a new country torn by turmoil and would earn the love and respect of his soldiers, his countrymen, and his peers. Rich anecdotes and fascinating historical documents reveal Washington’s critical role in the birth of our nation.

Alden provides an interesting and well-balanced single volume biography that exemplifies Washington's greatness by highlighting the wisdom and devotion he demonstrated while helping to form this nation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Alden has drawn on his extensive knowledge of the era to produce a straight forward, anecdotal, often lively account of Washington and his times.” New York Times Book Review
“The best single-volume biography of Washington ever written…[Alden] is judicious in his judgment, balanced in his presentation, and always interesting in his portrayal…Essential.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A biography that has a lot in common with its subject—great authority, appealing restraint, unswerving moderation...Alden has a dozen-odd books on the Revolutionary period to his credit, and this is surely one of his best.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: John R. Alden

John R. Alden (1908–1991) was a Duke University professor, an authority on the American Revolution, and an established historian. In addition to authoring eleven books, he was awarded the Beveridge Prize of American Historical Association in 1945 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 11.33
Audience: Adult
Edition: English