His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

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I got this book as a gift.
I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biogra­phies of the pres­i­dents of the United States who have passed away.

Book Review: His Excellency George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

His Excel­lency: George Wash­ing­tonis an overview of Washington's life, the impor­tant deci­sions he made and why did he make them. Mr. Ellis' research is well founded; his spec­u­la­tions and premises make log­i­cal sense and put a new light on old tales.

The one aspect of this biog­ra­phy which made an impres­sion on me is the author’s abil­ity to con­nect the dots when con­sid­er­ing why Wash­ing­ton, as he got older, acted in a cer­tain way or made a cer­tain deci­sion.  Mr. Ellis traces event back in Washington’s ear­lier life which explain, or try at least, his course of action.

Are Mr. Ellis' assump­tions cor­rect? 
Who knows, but isn't that half the fun or read­ing his­tory books, to make your own assump­tions, the­o­ries and hypoth­e­sis and see if the author agrees with you.

I felt that “His Excel­lency: George Wash­ing­ton” is a fair por­trayal of Wash­ing­ton  as a human and gives the reader a new insight into the per­son. Joseph J. Ellis tries to take a man which has become a myth in his own time and decon­struct him to see what makes him tick.

What did he find?
Wash­ing­ton was a man like any of us, mak­ing his deci­sions based on what's good for his bank account, and putting in strate­gic moves for the future. We must remem­ber that in that time peo­ple put in work to col­lect decades later, unlike today.

Don't be afraid to read this book, you will come away with a great appre­ci­a­tion and admi­ra­tion to Wash­ing­ton because, not despite, he was a human being and not a super-man.

His Excel­lency: George Wash­ing­ton was also a great way to pre­pare for our visit to Washington's home, Mount Ver­non in Vir­ginia on the banks of the Potomac River.  If you're in the area I highly rec­om­mend to take out a day and visit this 8,000 acre work­ing farm — and don't for­get to tour the mansion.

As an added bonus, our kids had a blast (we spent the whole day there).

My rat­ing for His Excel­lency: George Wash­ing­ton- 4

Do you agree or dis­agree with my review?

Zohar — Man of La Book

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