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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Founding Father

I just finished His Excellency, George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis.

The book is pleasantly readable and mercifully short, unlike some of the other tomes on the subject. Ellis reveals Washington to be a man of powerful passions who struggled all his life to control said passions under a veil of classic Roman stoicism, as well as an avid cultivator of power who nonetheless always endeavored to use it wisely.

A most extraordinary man, vastly more interesting than the caricature featured in the cartoonish Parson Weems stories.

I recommend the book highly.


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