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Valiant Ambition

By Nathan Philbrick

A complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

The focus of the story is the relationship of George Washington and Benedict Arnold through the four years that led to the notorious fall of one and the gradual emergence of the other as a true leader. Arnold is portrayed as an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroyed his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion while Washington managed to rise above the petty politics of the time.

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Mount Vernon Love Story

By Mary Higgins Clark

When originally published in 1969, Ms. Clark chose Mary Ball Washington's family motto, "Aspire to the Heavens" as the title for this, her first novel.

All events, dates, scenes and characters in this novel of George and Martha Washington's love story are based on historical research.

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Alexander Hamilton

By Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton's turbulent life. Hamilton was a largely self-taught orphan who became George Washington's aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, co-authored the Federalist Papers, founded the Bank of New York, led the Federalist Party, and became the first Secretary of Treasury of the United States.

"Alexander Hamilton" is the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton".

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The General in the Garden

Edited by Susan P. Schoelwer, Senior Curator at George Washington's Mount Vernon

This engaging, informative, and richly illustrated introduction to George Washington's landscape at Mount Vernon contains essays by Adam T. Erby, Mount Vernon Assistant Curator; J. Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture; and Esther White, Director of Historic Preservation and Outreach.

The essays cover Washington's critical role in developing Mount Vernon's landscape, the evolution of the landscape and recreated gardens, and an explanation of the groundbreaking archeological methods which facilitated the discovery of Washington-era garden beds and borders of flowers, shrubs, and vegetables in his upper garden.

This book will appeal to many readers - from students of American history and culture to gardening enthusiasts to Mount Vernon visitors curious to know learn how the modern day archeological find has yielded one of the most significant eighteenth-century garden recreations of our time.

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The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789

By Edward J. Larson

A masterful chronicle of how George Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement four years after the War of Independence to lead a country on the brink of dissolution and secure its future.

Though this period between the Revolution and the Presidency has previously been neglected in studies of Washington's life, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Larson's striking reassessment shows that Washington's greatness in fact rests on these years, 1783-1789, and rightfully elevates our foremost Founding Father's "forgotten years" to a central place in American history.

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Dining at the White House: From the President's Table to Yours

By Chef John Moeller with Mike Lovell

Gold Winner of the 2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award.

Experience an insider's view of dining at the White House with descriptions of Chef Moeller's most memorable moments of cooking for three Presidents, their families and special guests such as Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela, Julia Child and Sophia Loren.

There are over 100 original recipes for dishes served at the White House featuring Chef Moeller's trademark use of fresh, seasonal ingredients inspired by his classical French training with an American twist.

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Washington: A Life

By Ron Chernow

2011 Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation.

With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his expansion of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

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Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, has been meticulously preserved by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association since 1858. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise are used to restore and maintain Mount Vernon for the benefit of the American people and for visitors from all over the world.

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First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women

By Susan Swain and C-Span, with foreword by Richard Norton Smith

"First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women" is an outgrowth of C-Span's yearlong history series, First Ladies: Influence and Image. More than fifty preeminent historians and biographers were interviewed to create these intimate portraits of all forty-five first ladies - their lives, ambitions, and unique partnerships with their presidential spouses.

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An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

By Nick Bunker

Winner of the 2015 George Washington Book Prize.

"An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America" is an account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution, showing the lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics which led to the "shot heard 'round the world" in 1775.

With lawyers in London calling the Tea Party treason, and with hawks in Parliament crying out for revenge, the British opted for punitive reprisals without foreseeing the resistance they would arouse. For their part, the Americans underestimated Britain's determination not to give way. By the late summer of 1774, when the rebels in New England began to arm themselves, the descent into war had become irreversible.

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George Washington, Spymaster

By Thomas B. Allen

Young readers and adults will discover how the Americans outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War. The author of this fascinating book has sifted through mounds of historical documents and scholarly works to piece together the facts. You will find out more about the secret world of double agents, covert operations, of codes and ciphers, and how military members used to send secret messages during George Washington's time.

Visit Mount Vernon and participate in the Agent 711 Spymaster Adventure. Completing the adventure entitles you to a 10% discount on the purchase of this book from the Shops.

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