"George Washington" by John Rhodehamel

George Washington The Wonder of the Age John Rhodehamel

Publication date:
27 Nov 2018
Yale University Press
368 pages: 210 x 140 x 25mm

“The only Washington biography you need.”—Wall Street Journal

As editor of the award-winning Library of America collection of George Washington’s writings and a curator of the great man’s original papers, John Rhodehamel has established himself as an authority of our nation’s preeminent founding father. In this “crisply written, admirably concise, and never superficial” biography (Fergus M. Bordewich, Wall Street Journal) Rhodehamel examines George Washington as a public figure, arguing that the man—who first achieved fame in his early twenties—is inextricably bound to his mythic status. Solidly grounded in Washington’s papers and exemplary in its brevity, this approachable biography is a superb introduction to the leader whose name has become synonymous with America.

John Rhodehamel is the former archivist of Mount Vernon and curator of American historical manuscripts at the Huntington Library. He is the editor of George Washington: Writings and The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence. He lives in Newport Beach, CA.