First in Their Hearts: The Life of George Washington

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First in Their Hearts: The Life of George Washington

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For many people, George Washington is the most legendary figure in American history. His leadership through years of revolution and the formation of a new nation earned him a place of honor on everything from Mount Rushmore to the dollar bill. But who was George Washington? What was the man behind the legend really like?

New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming realized that finding the truth was no simple matter. Opinions of Washington varied sharply. Some historians made him godlike while other writers invented moralistic fables about him.

Fleming discovered the real George Washington by reading what the men and women who knew him said about him in their letters and journals as well as through Washington's own correspondence. Slowly, the remarkable person behind the legend emerged.

In this book, anecdotes from friends and enemies alike give a firsthand vision of Washington's character. Little-known and colorful incidents - from Washington as an untutored boy of eleven to the seasoned general and statesman he grew to be - make First in Their Hearts fascinating and memorable reading.

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