The first book on the list was for our Founding Father, George Washington. Written by Richard Brookhiser (quite the “looker” for a historian!), Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, is a short book (only 199 pages) that reviews the aspects of Washington that made him the man for “such a time as this.” Unfortunately, my knowledge of George and his times is not that thorough, so I had to keep a notebook at hand to jot down all the questions I had (like, what is Jay’s Treaty? and was Martha pretty? and what was Washington’s favorite tv show?) (yes, that was a joke) . But, on the other hand, I loved Brookhiser’s way of writing, and even saw some humor peeking through the facts (I mean, the inclusion of the story of the man who ran naked through a public park after drinking a little too much is definitely what they need to include in high school history books, no?) and I came away from the book knowing more about Washington’s morals, career and personality. And, yes, I admire him even more after learning more about him.
I highly recommend the book and think you’ll enjoy learning more about Washington.
For more on George Washington’s life, Book Friends recommended Flexner’s biography of Washington. Will check in with you to let you know how that goes! Right now, I’m reading Mayflower. Which goes back a bit in time, but will hopefully add to my understanding of America’s founding.