George Washington and the Founding of A Nation

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A full account of George Washington's role in building the early U.S. republic explores his life, focusing on the assets he brought to public life.

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Albert Marrin has written over two dozen award-winning nonfiction books. He received the Washington Children's Book Guild and Washington Post Non-Fiction Award for "an outstanding lifetime contribution [that] has enriched the field of children's literature. His Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Terror of the Spanish Main were both ALA Best Books for Young Adults

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Gr 6 Up-This engaging biography presents a thorough look at the life of the first president as well as clear presentations of the people and events that shaped his world. A good portion of the text focuses on Washington's military career, including details of individual campaigns and battles. The general's courage, bravado, and intangible leadership qualities emerge through descriptions of his wartime actions and through the words of those who fought with and against him. The harshness of war comes through in sometimes gruesome detail, showing the cruelty that prevailed on both sides. Washington unhesitatingly orders the execution of mutineers from his own army, judging that a more merciful decision would have cost more in the long run. Marrin clearly admires his subject, yet carefully discusses his flaws and errors. The author raises questions and presents differing views without interrupting the flow of the narrative. Well-chosen quotations, many from Washington's own writings, enliven the text as well. Numerous historical drawings, paintings, and etchings help to bring the period alive. Milton Meltzer's George Washington and the Birth of Our Nation (Watts, 1986; o.p.) and Mary Pope Osborne's George Washington (Dial, 1991; o.p.) are equally fine biographies. Marrin's title offers a well-rounded portrait of a fascinating character, worthy of admiration despite his imperfections.-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR

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