PDF EBook by Richard Norton Smith

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I'm trying to re- PDFlearn my American history via free public library books. Patriarch PDF EBookSince George is the first person who came to mind, I tried this book out as my first venture.

I appreciated the author's even-handed treatment of the subject.He presents Washington's strong points in contrast to his blunders.And Washington did make quite a few blunders.Most of these were politicalin nature — speculation about the construction of the new federal city, involvement in politics after retirement, money problems and lending to relatives too freely, an inevitable desire to stay on the public stage even when he was not able to do it very well or appropriately (during the Adams presidency and the French entanglements especially).All of that being said, he was an even-handed leader who kept the party rifts between Jefferson's Republican party and the Federalists from appearing for quite a few years, he managed a brilliant, if quarrelsome, bunch of advisers early in his presidency, and, most importantly, he put his duty and country above his personal comfort and life.He saw his role much like Cato and he accordingly lived a disciplined life to reflect those beliefs.He might very well have saved the young Republic in more than one way.

The main issue is that it doesn't read smoothly — much too dry and academic in tone for that.Nor does it cover his life before his time as president, so I find I need to go find a biography to cover several gaps in what I want to know about him.

Nonetheless, I think this is a serviceable book about his life as the first President and slightly after- I'd recommend reading it after finding a different source that covers a larger period of his life so you can place this book's story and contents in that larger narrative.

3 to 3.5 stars for me.I certainly can't complain about free information from the local library. Like this book? Read online this: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave / Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, I racconti di Pietroburgo.

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