The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789

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The Return of George Washington by Edward J. Larson may be a totally accurate account of a significant period in the life of Washington, but I found it to be rather flavorless and colorless. The reader learns how it was that Washington was drafted into accepting the role of this country’s first president, but never gets close to understanding who or what he was as a man, a living person. The Washington presented by Larson is gloomy and pessimistic and anguished; writing that he saw “nothing but clouds and darkness before me” in serving as president. Others have painted a portrait of a man who was quite intelligent, cunning and ambitious.

This account contains a few phrasing errors that will hopefully be corrected in the future. Larson also relies on some overly academic wording.

If one has never read a biography of Washington, this is not a bad place to start but it only covers the period after the Revolutionary War through Washington’s death. There are fuller accounts. The strongest section deals with the machinations of the Constitutional Convention. Law students may find it interesting.


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Author Edward J. Larson
Star Count 2/5
Format Trade
Page Count 366 pages
Publisher William Morrow
Publish Date 2014-Oct-07
ISBN 9780062248671
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Issue January 2015
Category History
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