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George Washington: A Biographical Companion


ABC-Clio Inc | 2002 | ISBN: 1576070824 | 438 pages

In approximately 200 articles ranging from one paragraph to several pages and covering everything from John Adams to the Whiskey Rebellion, Grizzard (political science, Middle Tennessee State Univ.) gives us anyone, anyplace, or anything at all relevant to George Washington. Each of the alphabetically arranged entries includes the topic or name, the date, the significance to Washington, cross references to related entries in the book, and a short bibliography; sometimes, extensive background information is given that thoroughly explains the topic's place in Washington's life. Grizzard ranges widely, offering entries that include a four-page article on the Marquis de Lafayette, one of Washington's trusted friends; a three-page article on Charles Lee, who was court-martialed under Washington; and treatments of Mt. Vernon and the Natural Bridge in Virginia, which Washington is believed to have referenced in several letters. Selected writings, a chronology, and lists of family members, the military officers with whom he served, and the executive officers during his presidency round out the text. More than a companion for those reading about Washington's life, this work is also an interesting and sometimes detailed reference work on Colonial and Revolutionary America. Recommended for all academic and most public libraries. Grant A. Fredericksen, Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora, IL

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