His Excellency: George Washington

His Excellency George Washington To this landmark biography of our first president Joseph J Ellis brings the exacting scholarship shrewd analysis and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionar

  • Title: His Excellency: George Washington
  • Author: Joseph J. Ellis Nelson Runger
  • ISBN: 9781419307270
  • Page: 271
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  • To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rush, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and political leader and aTo this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rush, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and political leader and a man whose statue like solidity concealed volcanic energies and emotions.Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival in combat half convinced him that he could not be killed Here is the free spending landowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power We see the general who lost battles than he won and the reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan feuding of his cabinet His Excellency is a magnificent work, indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but also of the nation he brought into being.

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    1. Joseph J. Ellis Nelson Runger

      Joseph J Ellis, a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College, is a nationally recognized scholar of American history from colonial times through the early decades of the Republic The author of seven books, he is recipient of the National Book Award in Nonfiction for American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson and the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers He lives in Massachusetts.

    246 thoughts on “His Excellency: George Washington”

    1. This was the first of two books I'm currently reading about George Washington. As part of my 2-year quest to read the top two biographies of each of our 43 U.S. Presidents, I began with this and Ron Chernow's behemoth "Washington: A Life," a far more comprehensive treatment.Initially I preferred Chernow's book, but as I started to compare the two for interpretation, Ellis's gorgeous narrative writing quickly won me over. While no where near the depth of Chernow's tome, Ellis covers all the main [...]


    2. In "His Excellency," Joseph Ellis has written a very readable and concise synopsis on the life of George Washington. Though more recognizable for his works "Founding Brothers" and "American Sphinx" (about Thomas Jefferson), Ellis successfully undertakes the task of illuminating probably the most important figure in American history. Probably the most apparent burden struck by Ellis, and a theme readily illusive throughout his book, is the author's effort to avoid what he terms a certain "hyperbo [...]


    3. I wish that more biographies were 270 pages. I find that nonfiction is a commitment for me - I read and absorb it much more slowly. Most biographies of people that I'm marginally interested in, then, become totally unrealistic reads. His Excellency: George Washington creates a compelling portrait of one of the most idealized heroes of American history, and it does so while remaining readable. This is a great introduction to Washington scholarship, and an even better portrait of a complex man.Ell [...]


    4. "his trademark decision to surrender power as commander in chief and then president, was nota sign that he had conquered his ambitions, but rather that he fully realized that all ambitions were inherently insatiable and unconquerable. He knew himself well enough to resist the illusion that he transcended human nature. Unlike Julius Caesar and Oliver Cromwell before him, and Napoleon, Lenin, and Mao after him, he understood that the greater glory resided in posterity's judgment. If you aspire to [...]


    5. After thoroughly enjoying Dallek's 2017 biography about FDR, I wanted to go back and read about the other two of the Big Three, Washington and Lincoln. Reading here and there on the web, I understood that Joseph Ellis' His Excellency - following his excellent Pulitzer-winning Founding Brothers - was considered among the best in class. (I plan to read Cherow's biography of Washington soon as well).In His Excellency, Ellis paints the great general and first president as an imposing physical presen [...]


    6. eraumaveznaamericaspo.Religion in the United StatesHow to religion has been one of the presidential campaigns of a leading candidate for the presidential in the United States, I decided to withdraw this text of a Web site:The overwhelming majority of the 44 American presidents were religious. And all Christians. Only three of them (Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Johnson and Abraham Lincoln) were not affiliated to any church. Most presidents belonged to the Episcopal Church, including George Washington [...]


    7. First response: Ellis pontificates beyond my comfort level. I enjoy grand sentences, but this is way to much. His flourishing, over-bloated style does little to represent Washington (who, Ellis admits, was not a high intellectual.) He definitely covers the highs and lows, but he offers an incredible amount of personal opinion and unsubstantiated analysis, and even second-guesses motives. I am glad to know about Washington's life, and to have insight about him, but I have enjoyed very little of t [...]


    8. I'm glad I read this book, but I'm glad I'm finished it too. I'm not sure if I'll read any others by this author. He interjects too much of his own opinions and spent lots of time denigrating his subject! Although I learned a lot, it was pretty dry and did not include enough flesh on the bones of history for me. No comparison to Walter Isaacson's conversational style, which I read just prior to this. Had I not, I may have enjoyed this one a whole lot more. Now on to John Adams! May the force be [...]


    9. 3 Stars - Good bookLet me start by saying that this has been a rough few days. I'll admit I had a hard time reading this because of the current political situation in America. I think that put me in a sour mood, especially reading about the presidency. Not a fan of a certain and I became quite harsh. My tolerance for historical decisions that are rooted in racism and white superiority is nonexistent right now. I angrily sped through the last 150 pages (not necessarily a reflection of the book/Wa [...]


    10. Interesting perspective but this was as much opinion as history. I thought the author too often tried to pass off his own opinions as Washington's which detracted from an otherwise solid overview of an amazing man's life.


    11. I just returned from a visit to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon, so I'm in a patriotic mood. This is a very readable, enjoyable biography that attempts to explain Washington's character and motivations and to describe the influences which shaped his decisions.The book is fairly short and is written at a bird's-eye view, mostly lacking in the kind of human detail that I usually enjoy in a biography. It left me hungry for more details: I wanted to know more about his personal experience during t [...]


    12. A great single-volume biography of the Father of Our Country (in the U.S.A that is) that seeks to tell the honest truth about the man and the legends around him, showing his flaws and extolling his virtues, Joseph J. Ellis states that while there are multi-volume biographies that are more comprehensive, his purpose was to try to condense the available information into one book, sifting information and filtering it while revealing more recent discoveries.And, for the most part, Ellis succeeds. He [...]


    13. I promised myself to read this while living in the Washington area and I'm glad I picked it up in my final summer here. This Joseph Ellis biography of his excellency George Washington was a delightful read. Lots of reminders: a balanced non-partisan first president and the early beginnings of the modern political party with the split between Jefferson and Hamilton. Lots of new information: the connection to the Fairfax family and early northern Virginia history. Washington's desire to establish [...]


    14. His Excellency: George Washington is another solid biography by Joseph Ellis, arguably the best contemporary historian of America's Founding Fathers. As with Ellis's other work, it's less a traditional biography than a non-linear character study, using specific events and incidents to probe Washington's personality and character. Ellis views Washington as torn between his high-born, princely arrogance and a sense of modest propriety that prevented him from becoming a mere dictator; he argues tha [...]


    15. I think the best way for me to summarize this book is: George Washington's life, basically, sucked.As a young man, he was basically broke. So he marries Martha, the wealthiest widow in Virginia. And he marries her even though he's really in love with another man's wife. Then when he first goes to war he's practically a laughingstock. Fast forward to him commanding the army during the War of Independence and he has success! Yay! But then takes on the mantle of the presidency. Yeah, that's great a [...]


    16. Having just completed The Real George Washington, I thought it would be interesting to continue my study of the Founding Fathers with another book about Washington.I have to admit I didn't get very far. I read the first few chapters and then scanned the rest of the book. The book is lacking in a number of ways.First Ellis thinks that because he says it, it must be so. His references to primary materials is spotty at best. He is high on opinion, with little to back it up. For example, Ellis claim [...]


    17. I say this was a sludge to get through. And I am a major biography reader. The authors tone speaks louder than the historical portrait he paints, which obstructs your view and spoils the experience of learning about this man and his times. Truly this book is a disservice for the biography space. Instead of being immersed into the time and riding along one of the most inspiring and courageous American journeys, we are lambasted throughout the entire book by the authors disdain and utterly unwarra [...]


    18. A very interesting bio of Washington, showing his political views, his moral and practical concerns about slavery, his role in the founding and sustaining of the new country, and his concerns with his long-term reputation. This is the first book in my new presidential bio challenge.


    19. Joseph Ellis' "His Excellency: George Washington" is a well done brief biography of George Washington. Washington, surely, could be the subject of one of those massive bios, such as Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton" or "Titan" or Nasaw's "Andrew Carnegie" or Cannadine's "Mellon." On the other hand, not all biographies need to be so massive. Ellis' work is insightful, provides a sense of Washington the person, and outlines the growth of his character, as he controls his ambitions. In 275 pages, we g [...]


    20. Ellis' biography of Washington was refreshing after being immersed in two immense biographies that spare no details.The beauty of Ellis' book, beyond its accessibility, was that his intent was not to describe what Washington did, but rather to examine who Washington was. There was, then, no mandate to examine every event in pristine detail, but rather to use events and information as supporting facts around what kind of man Washington was.Disciplined, ambitious, keenly aware of his reputation, a [...]


    21. Alas. Ellis wrote a fine (Pulitzer-winning) biography of Thomas Jefferson, who fell out with Washington during the latter's presidency: perhaps Ellis has inherited a bias against Washington from his earlier Jeffersonian scholarship? Who knows.After a few chapters left an odd taste I began skimming the book, heading to those situations where some anti-Washington writers have tended in the past to excoriate Washington simply because they could, finding that Ellis, while less blatantly scornful, do [...]


    22. “His Excellency” is yet another biography about the foremost founding father George Washington. Author Joseph Ellis attempted to distinguish this work by focusing on the man’s illusive character. The book manages to entertainingly retell a story about a person known to everyone, while simultaneously describing a personality known to few. Ellis dug deep into the 18th century records and put some life back into a legendary individual who has been dead for over 200 years.Its greatest strength [...]


    23. I enjoyed this biography. Beginnings are marked by remarkable people doing remarkable deeds. As time goes by, these events take on a mythical aura while the individuals become the “stuff of legends.” We do not see them as mortal beings; rather, we elevate them to a reverential status that separates them from the ordinary. The Founding Fathers of the United States fit into this category. Benjamin Franklin was considered the wisest, Thomas Jefferson the intellectual, John Adams the scholar, an [...]


    24. For some time now I've wanted to find some book that helped with separating the fact from the fancy regarding the life and works of George Washington. This was a good choice I believe.I was able to see the very human side of Washington and his very mortal mistakes. He was not a womanizer as has been rumored, though he did seem to have some feelings in his younger days for another mans wife, but nothing intimate. Washington stated again and again that the hand of providence had spared him (partic [...]


    25. Fair, balanced, and fantastically enlightening, Ellis paints an insightful portrait of America’s greatest patriarch. Washington is an immense challenge for any biographer. His great stoicism, and mysterious personality that reveals itself so rarely – even more rarely because Martha burned all of their personal correspondence after his death – allow only the most skilled historians to gain insights into the man behind the icon. Fortunately, Ellis can credibly count himself among those most [...]


    26. Feeding myHamilton the musical kick.Interesting to see more of Washington beyond the accepted picture of him as a stolid but not very intelligent leader. Also interested to see how much he used Hamilton's energy and zeal about Federalism to shield himself and to be able to portray himself as more neutral, when really Washington also wanted a strong national government. Also interesting to see how this viewpoint came out of Washington's experience as a war general; how difficult it was to command [...]


    27. Joseph J. Ellis' stated goal in writing this biography was to produce a book that people could actually read, and I think he really succeeds. His Excellency George Washington comes in under 300 pages, which is about a third of the length of David McCullough's fine John Adams. It really is hard to get to know the personality and character of someone so mythical as George Washington, but Ellis does a good job at displaying his virtues (which are many) along with his weaknesses. There is a popular [...]


    28. Biography of the year for me. Ellis has produced a historical, thoughful, indepth, and yet readable story of one of the truly great men we have been given. While not an American, I am still allowed to have a respectful interest in some of the founders of your state. Washington, Adams, and Jefferson make a powerful triumvirate. These 300 odd pages about Washington left me wanting a little bit more depth about his early years, but that is my sole complaint about the book.This is a suggested read f [...]


    29. A well-researched biography of the original American hero. This book was particularly enlightening in three areas: (1) Washington's views on slavery, (2) his rejection of kingship (which Ellis convincingly argues was his to seize), and (3) a comparison between GW's tactics and that of Fabius Maximus, which I thought was inspired. 4 stars, recommended.


    30. Don't ever read this book. Horrible history. Ellis is a modern secular liberal who does all he can to force Washington into that mold.


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