George Washington and the New Nation: 1783-1793 - Volume 3
This book begins with Washington's return to Mount Vernon, a victorious, but exhausted soldier eagerly seeking the pleasures of a quiet country life. Free of heavy responsibilities, his character expands in genial, often unexpected ways. All too soon, however, the idyll is broken. This promises to be the biography of Washington that will best serve our generation.
Great Book About a Great Man
By D. Kimmel "a little of this, a little of that" - April 6, 2000
George Washington and the New Nation is actually the third in a four volume set, and continues to follow the life of George Washington after the Revolutionary War. From the years immediately following the last withdrawal of British Troops, up through the end of his first term as the President of the United States.Flexner does an excellent job of describing the man behind the legendary hero. Through the actual writings of Washington, and those of his contemporaries, we see not only the "Great General" and the "Father of Our Country," but also see Washington as fellow human being, just as fallible as the rest of us.This is also a remarkably telling book about the nature of politics and how in over 200 years, very little has changed. As distrustful as we are of todays politicians, Flexner's book puts those of Washington's days in an even less favorable light - and he uses their own words to do it.Through this book (and the other volumes in the set)... read more
Washington was a great man
By Michael Delaware - March 12, 2005
This book is the third in a series by Flexner on the life of George Washington. I highly recommend this series for anyone seeking to really understand the founding fathers. Flexner draws his material from many different sources to dovetail the life of Washington with those around him. His attention to detail makes the book a facinating read from cover to cover. It is quite a journey you are taking with a great man. I am so glad that Flexner took the time to put together such a magnificent compilation of data. I feel so much more appreciative of George Washington for all that he did to hold our nation together in its formative years after reading this book. A must read for those who love history!
Washington And The Founding!!!!! Choice, Choices!!!!!
By Dr. Cardinal "Cardinal Bound!!!!" - May 10, 2010
This book covers the period in which Washington was tasked with the task of administering the affairs of the new nation and executing the office of President. Washington's conduct would shape many of the ways things were done, and still are to this day. Washington's many choices were framed by his faith and his sense of dignity. Flexner reflects how these influences would shape the manner in which executed his responsibilities, and who he would turn to for advice and to reflect upon his likely decisions. As always with this author, you get a sound scholarly bio of a great American, one that is very readable and entertaining. You see the subject in the middle of the action and not simply watching was happening, which is what you get in the later years of Washington's life and the bio on that era.