“George Washington: A Life in Books”
By Kevin J. Hayes
408 pp., Oxford University Press
Reviewed by Doug Bradburn
Founding Director, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
John Adams, in his bitter old age, complained that George Washington was too much worshiped by the American people. Washington’s talents were at best superficial, Adams growled, and that the great man was “illiterate, unlearned, unread” was a fact Adams considered as “past dispute.” Historians have given too much credence to the musings of John Adams generally, and in these characterizations we find an old man—American’s first one-term president—indulging in his worst petty jealousies. Adams could have worked wonders with a Twitter account. Read More…
In The News
“When George Washington was elected president, he did what a good boy should do: He rode to Fredericksburg, Va., to tell his mom,” explains Washington Post reporter Gregory S. Schneider.
“Mary Ball Washington was 80 years old, ancient for a woman of that time, but still formidable. George’s visit, according to some accounts, produced one of the great archetypal mother-son conversations.” Read More…
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Fifty-seven percent of people polled by PSB weren’t able to name a single Supreme Court justice, or gave an incorrect name. Read More…
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