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Listening to this biography of George Washington allowed me to see beyond some of the common assumptions that I learned in school. I was particularly interested in his support of a liberal education and the alternatives for learning that were available to his step-daughter and step-son. Although I am not generally interested in military accounts, the familiar settings where the battles took place - streets and cities which I see on a regular basis kept me interested in these battle stories. Remembering that July 4, 1776 was just the beginning of the story and not the end, hearing about Washington's romantic love of the wife of a friend, hearing about his concern for and eventual freeing of his slaves (at his wife's death)were some of the highlights that I enjoyed from Alden's book. This biography left with me with a new appreciation for this man of integrity and has reawakened my interest in this remarkable period of our history and I am ordering some additional audiobooks as a result of "reading" this one.
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I'm not sure if I would. It was a good book, however I felt it spent far too much time covering the American Revolution. I know it needs to be covered for context, but not that much. I understand that Washington did not leave a lot of diary materials, but H W Brands did an outstanding job writing about Franklin utilizing everybody else's letters and diaries who knew him.
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