George Washington

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 "The finest historian of the American Revolution."
– Douglas Brinkley

For all his fame and familiarity, George Washington remains something of an enigma - the stiff portrait on the dollar bill. But his story is full of drama. Here, acclaimed historian Richard Ketchum brings America's first president’s life to vivid life.
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Richard M. Ketchum, called "the finest historian of the American Revolution" by Douglas Brinkley, is the author of The Decisive Day, Winter Soldiers, and Saratoga.

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Feb 3, 2015
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Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & Heads of State
History / United States / 19th Century
History / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
History / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
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