George Washington: A Life in Books by Kevin J. Hayes

By Kevin J. Hayes

by way of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton are in general thought of the nice minds of early the United States. George Washington, as a substitute, is toasted with accolades relating to his stable logic and power in conflict. certainly, John Adams as soon as snobbishly brushed off him as "too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station and reputation." but Adams, in addition to the vast majority of the lads who knew Washington in his lifestyles, have been ignorant of his singular devotion to self-improvement.

Based on a complete quantity of analysis on the Library of Congress, the collections at Mount Vernon, and infrequent booklet files scattered around the nation, Kevin J. Hayes corrects this false impression and reconstructs in brilliant element the energetic highbrow existence that has long past mostly disregarded in traditional narratives of Washington. regardless of being a lifelong reader, Washington felt an acute experience of embarrassment approximately his relative loss of formal schooling and cultural sophistication, and during this glowing literary biography, Hayes illustrates simply how tirelessly Washington labored to enhance. starting with the primers, forgotten periodicals, behavior books, and vintage eighteenth-century novels such as Tom Jones that formed Washington's adolescence, Hayes experiences Washington's letters and journals, charting the various methods the books of his upbringing affected judgements ahead of and through the innovative battle. the ultimate element of the e-book covers the voluminous examining that happened in the course of Washington's presidency and his retirement at Mount Vernon. all through, Hayes examines Washington's writing in addition to his studying, from The Journal of significant George Washington via his Farewell Address. The sheer breadth of titles lower than overview the following permit readers to glimpse Washington's perspectives on overseas coverage, economics, the legislation, artwork, slavery, marriage, and religion-and how these perspectives formed the younger nation..

Ultimately, this sharply written biography deals a clean viewpoint on America's Father, uncovering the information that formed his highbrow trip and, accordingly, the improvement of America.

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