[The Life of Washington] EBOOK READ
Ng It is the book that helped to build the legend of George Washington read by probably every little boy in the early 1800 s Of course it is hardly
A CONCISE OR FAIR HANDED BIOGRAPHY concise or fair handed biography is much about deification This has got to be the first book I ve ever read that begins with a 60 page rebuttal of the author himself Editor Marcus Cunliffe harshly criticizes Mason Weems pointing out that even intellectuals of his time dismissed his work as juvenile and fabricated to sell copyCunliffe does credit that at least Mason Weems lived during the time of General Washington and spoke with people who knew him first hand That is something modern biographers of course are unable to do Despite all the aggrandizement it does have a genuinity of its era And I feel a little American reading a book that was read by much of mainstream America #200 ears ago just as I do when I watch famous old # years ago just as I do when I watch famous old whether or not I actually enjoy their content It s a valuable cultural experience for meI wish Weems would have gone into supporting characters like Thomas Jefferson Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton among so many other fascinating cohorts of Washington He s good with anecdotes just not with historical accuracy He Doesn T Even Mention t even mention word Yorktown even though he tells little stories from the battle that is ultimately Washington s pinnacle as a general This is no Ron Chernow effort but I imagine there were no Ron Chernows in 1809 Not what we know as historyWritten in the style of the time this is NOT what we are used to reading as a history book It s of a story full of hyperbole and figurative language to the point that it s unreadable I had to read this for a class or I would not have finished it January book club pick. H they will so play their part at sparkling that many an honest outh shall long to place them in the casket of his own bosom This is an edition of a classical book first published in the eighteenth centur.
When this book was written educated people received a classical education and were therefore familiar with the works of Homer and Virgil In reading this book I felt that Weems was trying to create his own American epic in the classical vein So the modern reader might struggle with the elevation of Washington into a classical divine being As Virgil did in the Aeneid with Aeneas Weems wanted to pass on the laudable character traits of his hero by telling Washington s story There are times in both books when I find the reading tedious even thought I might enjoy it and find it INTERESTING THIS BOOK WAS ACTUALLY ONE This book was actually one Lincoln s favorites which is why I read it and some historians believe it had a profound influence on Lincoln s character I could see where such a conclusion could be the realityAlthough Weems doesn t mention it Washington was possessed by the importance of character traits of doing the right thing He made a list of 101 I think behaviors that it was important for him to develop Interestingly he did it when he was a boy Whether he created the list or whether he copied another one is not et knownIn spite of the challenges for a modern reader the book is worth reading for several reasons foremost how Americans loved and respected George Washington It is no wonder that Henry Lighthorse Harry Lee eulogized Washington with those now famous words First in war first in peace first in the hearts of his countrymen Weems book certainly captures that esteem This book is a bit of an anomaly to review as I read it for my classics course on The American Presidency and it s non fiction a heightened form sure and not something I d just pick up at the library But I enjoyed it Like I don t know what to say. THE author hopes he shall escape the charge of presumption for dedicating this little book to The Proposal you as it treats of one to whomou of all on earth were and still are the most tenderly related One of my reas.