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Solidly grounded in Washington's papers and exemplary in its brevity, this approachable biography is a superb introduction to the leader whose name has become synonymous with America.

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As editor of the award-winning Library of America collection of George Washington's writings and a curator of the great man’s original papers, John Rhodehamel has established himself as an authority of our nation’s preeminent founding father. Rhodehamel examines George Washington as a public figure, arguing that the man—who first achieved fame in his early twenties—is inextricably bound to his mythic status. Solidly grounded in Washington's papers and exemplary in its brevity, this approachable biography is a superb introduction to the leader whose name has become synonymous with America.

"In strong, straightforward prose, [John Rhodehamel] tells Washington’s extraordinary story, without bravura flourishes or exaggerations. It is a memorable reading experience." ---Thomas Fleming, author of The Great Divide

“A splendid single-volume biography of Washington. Rhodehamel captures him and his accomplishments as well as anyone can. A smooth and interesting read.” ---Mark Mastromarino, former editor, The Papers of George Washington, University of Virginia

"Narrator Joe Barrett's gravelly delivery . . . suggests honesty, integrity, and a lack of affectation, qualities that in turn define Rhodehamel's portrait of Washington." ---AudioFile

"Rhodehamel’s jaunty writing makes for a highly entertaining book." ---New York Times

George Washington

The Wonder of the Age

Author John Rhodehamel

Narrated by Joe Barrett

Publication date Feb 21, 2017

Running time 8 hrs 26 min

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