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Main Author: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Other Authors: Zall, Paul M.
Format: Book
Published: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2003.
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Taking a cue from a contemporary, unfinished biography of George Washington (David Humphreys' Life of General Washington: With George Washington's "Remarks", ed. by Rosemarie Zagarri, 1991), Zall (emer., English, California State Univ., Los Angeles) sets out to present an "autobiography" of Washington in his own words. While drawing on the Diaries, some correspondence, public documents, and related materials, this venture, like Humphreys', has large gaps and skims the surface. Early frontier experiences and family life are the areas most fully treated. One wishes that some of the less admirable aspects of Washington's life, not the least being his no-holds-barred approach to local politics, had been included. The Revolutionary War period comes in for a dozen or so pages. Washington was quite outspoken regarding discipline in the ranks and behavior of officers. This book will be useful as a convenient reference for some of the better-known quotes from Washington and as a general outline of his life. Scholars and students are not likely to find much utility in this volume. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers. H. M. Ward emeritus, University of Richmond

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