By Marcus Cunliffe. ISBN: 0-931917-30-1. Copyright 1958. Softcover with 177 pages.
Marcus Cunliffe writes that George Washington was more than a classical leader. "Washington became the symbol of America; he proved in his own person the soundness of the country. Indeed, he became so merged with America that his is one of the names of the land, the presences in the air...The man is the monument; the monument is America." This biography was first published in 1958, and it was the model of what has now become a genre of history writing--relatively short interpretative essays on Washington's life and image. This glossy, soft-cover, 177-page volume was the first of its kind of biography, and it still stands as one of the best.
Published by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.