By Joseph J. Ellis
To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, sensible research, and lyric prose that experience made him one of many greatest historians of the progressive period. education his lens on a determine who occasionally turns out as distant as his effigy on Mount Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as an army and political chief and a guy whose “statue-like solidity” hid volcanic energies and emotions.
Here is the impetuous younger officer whose wonderful survival in wrestle half-convinced him that he couldn't be killed. this is the free-spending landowner whose money owed to English retailers instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial strength. We see the final who misplaced extra battles than he received and the reluctant president who attempted to drift above the partisan feuding of his cupboard. His Excellency is a powerful paintings, critical to an figuring out not just of its topic but in addition of the kingdom he introduced into being.