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Debbie from Genre Reviews
5 Stars Out Of 5
August 10, 2010
Debbie from Genre Reviews
"Life of Washington" is an interesting biography of George Washington from his birth (1732) to death (1799) that was written in 1842, not long after his death. There were many quotes from Washington's own journals & letters as well as from other people's journals & letters (comments about incidents involving Washington). It was very interesting to see his life based on his own words & those who knew him. The book used formal language, but it was very readable & written in a way that kept my attention. This was also partly because it brought out interesting & often exciting events in his life that I hadn't known about before. The book spent about 45 pages on his early life (1732-1763), & most of that was new to me. There were about 145 pages on the events leading up to the Revolutionary War & the war itself. A fair amount of that was about the various battles & troop movements, but woven throughout were antidotes about how Washington treated his men, made decisions, & the "behind the (battle) scenes" efforts that he had to engage in. About 52 pages were about the forming of the Constitution & his election as President. Very little was said about what he did as President. The focus was more on how he conducted himself during that time. About 16 pages were about his retirement, how he almost was called to service again, & his death. At the back of the book, there was a sample of "rules of proper conduct" that Washington had copied out as a child, the text of the Declaration of Independence, & a few other things. The book was written for Sunday schools, so it highlighted Washington's Christian faith & his admirable actions. It was written by a niece of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, so it's also patriotic (though not in a way that glorifies war). I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy biographies & who want a unique look into George Washington's life & faith. This book was a review copy from the publisher.
This is a pleasing reproduction of the vintage book. This account of the life of George Washington should be read by every American. It gives one a much deeper appreciation for our freedom and our nation.
George Washington is the "Father of Our Country."But, how many of us know the man who was our very first president?You see our government today actively trying to erase the godly foundation on which the United States was laid; however, if you took time to research our history, most, if not all, of our founding fathers respected and honored the God of heaven.This edition of Life of Washington by Anna C. Reed, published in 1842, is a special reprint of the original.Anna appears to have written this book for school aged children. She often writes, "Young American" or "Young reader" when trying to make a point and using Scripture to back it up. And although the vintage format (no spaces between paragraphs, some British spellings, etc.) could make reading tedious for some, the historical account, along with a few pictures, is very worth the time to read.Even as a boy, George strove to live honestly and above reproach. He loved his country long before she was named the United States. George Washington lived a life of humility and service in America's journey to independence and her exciting beginnings as the land of opportunity.While George Washington's life brought much joy, his death brought much sorrow to her citizens.John Adams, president at the time of George Washington's death, said, "His example is now complete; and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates , citizens and men; and not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read."My husband and I plan to homeschool our children. This wonderful account of Washington's life is going to be right on the school book shelf! I believe it is important to remember our godly heritage and do all we can to protect the religious freedoms which those men lived, fought, and died for.