George Washington: History in an Hour : History in an Hour

  • by David B. McCoy
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • Series: History in an Hour
  • 1 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.
George Washington – a figure synonymous with American history. His image is known worldwide, marked on American currency, postage stamps – even a state is named after him. George Washington in an Hour explores the man beneath the symbol.
This is the essential chronicle of Washington’s life – his rise from middle class Virginian upbringing to America’s first President, elected unanimously twice. Explore Washington’s legacy – from securing Independence, to his instrumental role in writing and adopting the American constitution.
George Washington in an Hour covers Washington’s redefinition of greatness, relinquishing power not once but twice – at the end of Revolution and his second term in Presidency. Learn why Washington is still considered one of the most influential people in history, and how his impact shaped the world in this engaging overview of his life.


What the Critics Say

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past" (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age" (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
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Customer Reviews

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Everything in an Hour Except The Cherry Tree!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! History with all those dates and names never really made a dent in my mind in school, but to listen to a 1hour abridged version of this Great Man was impressive. The story distilled all the most important facts, battles and characteristics of a complex man from birth to death without seeming too shallow.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many. I never realized how young Washington was when he started a professional career (17) and led his first troops (21). It makes you realize that The College Years have replaced good common sense and hard work of a yesteryear gone.

Any additional comments?

I NEVER realized Washington was 6ft 3in. He looks so short on The Dollar Bill! : )

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- Sandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited