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For two centuries George Washington has been universally acknowledged as the one indispensable founder of the American Republic. This one-volume edition-the most comprehensive and authoritative ever published-covers five decades of Washington's astonishingly active life and brings together over 440 letters, orders, addresses, diaries, and other writings. The only collection to include both public and personal documents, this Library of America volume reveals Washington to have been a forceful, accomplished, and at times eloquent writer. Above all, it demonstrates the keen practical intelligence that distinguished his leadership in war and peace, and the patriotism, dignity, and sense of honor that won the admiration and trust of Americans in his own time and in succeeding generations.
George Washington (1732-1799) was commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States.
John Rhodehamel, volume editor, is the author of George Washington: The Wonder of the Age and editor of George Washington: Writings and The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence for the Library of America.