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What did you like best about George Washington: The Founding Father (Eminent Lives)? What did you like least?
This felt less like a biography than an ideological deployment of George Washington for Conservative ends. Consider for instance the author's effort to minimize Washington's Deism in order to communicate the message that Washington believed in Christianity's civilizing influence; he harps on the Christian outlook of American founding fathers (notwithstanding the fact that their Deism involved a lack of belief in Christianity). He also makes distorted statements about slavery in North America. At one point the author favorably contrasts the survival rate of slaves in North America to the Caribbean (without mentioning statistics on British Caribbean islands) to conclude that the British style of slavery was far more humane to the Dutch. In the spirit of balance, I should acknowledge that I learned from the author's presentation of the Indian question.
Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Johnson again?
George Washington sets the standard for American greatness and Paul Johnson does a tremendous job expressing this idea while compacting Washington's biography without compromising on quality from cover to cover. Strongly recommended read!