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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph J. Ellis Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

Washington has always been a larger-than-life enigmatic figure. On the day he was given command of the continental army, he recorded only the temperature and where he ate dinner in his journal. But recently, his papers were catalogued at the University of Virginia. Ellis had primary access to the 90-volume papers, allowing him to paint a thorough and fascinating portrait.

From the French and Indian War to Mount Vernon, from the American Revolution to the presidency, Ellis delivers what will stand the test of time as the definitive biography of the greatest American icon. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 2/1/2014

    " Recently, I decided to read a biography on each US president, and I began the project with this book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Joseph J. Ellis. I must say that I was initially put off by how short the book was; it only comprises 275 pages of text, not including citations. However, once I began reading I was pleasantly surprised. The best part of Ellis's treatment of His Excellency, as George Washington was known, is the analysis of his very human faults and frailties. Combined with Washington's well known strengths and accomplishments, Ellis presents a complete portrait of Washington that reminds us we are dealing with a man, albeit an extraordinary one. "His Excellency" is a complete one-volume treatment of the Father of our Nation and is a must read for those interested in American Revolutionary history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley | 2/1/2014

    " George Washington ranks No. 2 in my book among the main Founding Fathers. He's behind Benjamin Franklin, but up on James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (in that order). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Eppenstein | 1/31/2014

    " Very readable biography of GW. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/30/2014

    " My goal for 2009 is to read a presidential biography on every US President in chronological order (with the exception of Truman as I've already read his excellent biography). I really enjoyed this biography of Washington--very academic writing and the book covered Washington's adult life well. I even answered a question correctly on Jeopardy on Friday because of something I read about the American Revolution--excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katia | 1/29/2014

    " I really loved the demystifying for our Fore Fathers. It was a humanistic look at a Deified individual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/25/2014

    " This is an excellent biography. In humanizing a man who is often deified in the eyes of history, I think my respect for Washington has actually increased. It shows him as a man with faults, just like the rest of us. He overcame some, and others provided a continuous struggle throughout his life. It's refreshing to look beyond the folklore and view him simply as a man, which makes his achievements much more impressive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta Marro | 1/11/2014

    " This was the first biography of Washington that I had read. As usual, Ellis made him seem real and human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 1/1/2014

    " Dull and drab on the writing style. Interesting read due to se subject "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Moore | 12/1/2013

    " This is a good book to compliment with "1776" as it gives you more in depth background into President Washington's character. If you enjoyed "1776" as I did you will enjoy this one too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Ferguson | 9/5/2013

    " Quick read. Learned a few things about the man, the myth, the legend I did not know before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Logan Lee | 8/11/2013

    " Enjoyed the book, although I must admit found some of the post-presidency chapters rather arduous to get through. I was unaware of Washington's military leadership, most notably during the Revolution. Worth the read for any red blooded 'Merican! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/16/2013

    " A bit long---but I believe a balanced, extensive look at George Washington. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Hovey | 6/8/2013

    " This was a great Biography of George Washington, covering more than just facts and dates but also outlining his motivations behind his actions and decisions, giving insight to his values. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Kinsfather | 3/17/2013

    " His Excellency draws a thorough portrait of America's greatest leader. This book is packed with information. Ellis' books move much slower than some of the more popular history authors. One of the better books out on Washington. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Hauser | 1/16/2013

    " Good work of being unbiased and looking at the good of George Washington and his downfalls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Sutter | 10/5/2012

    " an excellent overall look at the life of George Washington. too many times do historians either crown Washington the most perfect, unflawed man that ever lived, or make him out to be the vilest human on the face of the planet. Both of those extremes are wrong, and Ellis finds the true Washington. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Claunch | 6/20/2012

    " He could have been king if he had wanted, but knew better and did the right thing for his country. An amazing man. His farewell address is one of the great documents from early American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Brandt | 4/22/2012

    " Helped me understand the critical rols he played in so many turning points in our history. Still hard to know the man himself as, unlike the other founders, he had no formal education and did not write letters as often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 3/8/2012

    " This is a well-written and researched biography about the father of our country, Washington was a very imposing as a physical presence and in his personality. I found how little I new about our first president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 3/7/2012

    " Excellent book about our nation's greatest leader. I felt the author took a very vair approach toward all of the major aspects of Washington's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/19/2011

    " Made me think about G Washington and about the American Revolution in ways I had not before. However, I enjoyed the bio. "George Washington" by Willard Sterne Randall better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, and I usually don't like histories. It was informative enough to be interesting, but the length wasn't daunting. I'd recommend it to anyone. I learned a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor | 6/11/2011

    " Fantastic look at Washington. Takes you from his early life to post-presidency and death. Very engaging author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/22/2011

    " So far so good - interesting information - - does so the importance of good luck and being in the right place atr the right time along with doing the right things as well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 4/14/2011

    " Ellis is a wonderful historian, and brings the Father of Our Country to life, presenting him in a fully-formed vision. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 4/13/2011

    " I knew very little about George Washington, but Ellis presents an exciting and in depth story of the Father of our country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weston | 4/6/2011

    " Quite interesting. Washington's greatest legacy, it turns out was his ability to say, 'No'. He said No to being a king, and when the time came, he said No to another term.

    I now have a better insight into the 'Father of our Country' than what I learned throughout school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 3/29/2011

    " Excellent biography. This was what got me hooked on Joseph Ellis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddy Kay :) | 3/29/2011

    " haha it was very interesting. I learned many things I didn't know :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/25/2011

    " Love Ellis's work in general. While other biographies give a chronological sequence of events in the life of their subject, Ellis uses examples from his subjects' lives to support a bold thesis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 2/24/2011

    " A good book in classic Joseph Ellis style, told through vivid descriptions of critical moments in the subject's life and emphasizing certain themes. Though perhaps not entirely fair in its occasional references to John Adams, the scholarship is sound and well documented in the end notes. "

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