Patriarch by Richard Norton Smith audiobook

Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

By Richard Norton Smith
Read by Nelson Runger

Recorded Books, Inc.
18.98 Hours 1
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With the thoroughness of a newspaper of the era, Smith retells the old familiar stories and legends surrounding our nation's first president during the years preceding and during his terms in office. Patriarch brings George Washington to life as few historical accounts have before-showing our country's most celebrated father occupied with the business of the day, and carrying the weight of a nation.

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Summary

Summary

With the thoroughness of a newspaper of the era, Smith retells the old familiar stories and legends surrounding our nation's first president during the years preceding and during his terms in office. Patriarch brings George Washington to life as few historical accounts have before-showing our country's most celebrated father occupied with the business of the day, and carrying the weight of a nation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a lively, well-written study of Washington’s presidency and subsequent retirement to Mount Vernon; the first U.S. president emerges as a dedicated and politically astute manager who had a tart sense of humor.”  Publishers Weekly
“Runger’s reading ranges from lively to formal. Sometimes entertainer and sometimes lecturer, he matches his tone to Smith's text, which is larded with interesting stories of political squabbling and family trivia. Recorded Books has put together another perfect match between text and reader. AudioFile
“Smith captures well the bittersweet presidential years, when Washington used the vast capital of his personal prestige to cement the bands of a shaky union. With wonderful use of detail and anecdote, Smith argues that Washington was not the mere figurehead that other historians have portrayed but a canny politician who mastered and controlled his brilliant subordinates.” Library Journal
“An absorbing look at the first American presidency, in which Washington emerges not as the familiar George Stuart icon but as a fallible human being—one whose personal qualities nonetheless made him the quintessentially great man of American history…A fine, highly readable, and nicely balanced account.”  Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Richard Norton Smith

Author Bio: Richard Norton Smith

Richard Norton Smith is the author of Thomas E. Dewey and His Times and biographies of George Washington and Herbert Hoover. A distinguished political speechwriter, he has worked especially closely with Bob and Elizabeth Dole, with whom he collaborated on their bestselling memoir Unlimited Partners. The director of the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Library, he lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 18.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English