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The first of men : a life of George Washington, John E. Ferling

Label
The first of men : a life of George Washington
Title
The first of men
Title remainder
a life of George Washington
Statement of responsibility
John E. Ferling
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Written by John Ferling, one of America's leading historians of the Revolutionary era, The first of men offers an illuminating portrait of George Washington's life, with emphasis on his military and political career. Here is a riveting account that captures Washington in all his complexity, recounting not only Washington's familiar sterling qualities--courage, industry, ability to make difficult decisions, ceaseless striving for self-improvement, love of his family and loyalty to friends--but also his less well known character flaws. Indeed, as Ferling shows, Washington had to overcome many negative traits as he matured into a leader. The young Washington was accused of ingratitude and certain of his letters from this period read as if they were written by "a pompous martinet and a whining, petulant brat." As commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, he lost his temper more than once and indulged flatterers. Aaron Burr found him "a boring, colorless person." As president, he often believed the worst about individual officials. Ferling concludes that Washington's personality and temperament were those of "a self-centered and self-absorbed man, one who since youth had exhibited a fragile self-esteem." And yet he managed to realize virtually every grand design he ever conceived. Ferling's Washington is driven, fired by ambition, envy, and dreams of fame and fortune. Yet his leadership and character galvanized the American Revolution--probably no one else could have kept the war going until the master stroke at Yorktown--and helped the fledgling nation take, and survive, its first unsteady steps. This superb paperback makes available once again an unflinchingly honest and compelling biography of the father of our country"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferling, John E
Dewey number
  • 973.4/1092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Washington, George
  • Presidents
  • Generals
  • United States
Label
The first of men : a life of George Washington, John E. Ferling
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1988
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Young George Washington -- The frontier warrior -- The acquisitive planter -- Patrician revolutionary -- Commander of America's Army -- At the brink -- Washington's war begins -- The campaign of 1777 -- The new Continental Army -- The character of General Washington -- The forgotten years : 1778-1780 -- Victory and retirement -- A brief retirement -- An end to retirement -- The early presidency -- The end of the first term -- The second term begins -- Last years in office -- The last years
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 598 pages
Isbn
9780195398670
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009033423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)401164334
Label
The first of men : a life of George Washington, John E. Ferling
Publication
Note
Originally published: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1988
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Young George Washington -- The frontier warrior -- The acquisitive planter -- Patrician revolutionary -- Commander of America's Army -- At the brink -- Washington's war begins -- The campaign of 1777 -- The new Continental Army -- The character of General Washington -- The forgotten years : 1778-1780 -- Victory and retirement -- A brief retirement -- An end to retirement -- The early presidency -- The end of the first term -- The second term begins -- Last years in office -- The last years
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 598 pages
Isbn
9780195398670
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009033423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)401164334

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