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George Washington, A Biography
By Washington Irving. Edited and abridged with an introduction by Charles Neider. ISBN-13: 978-0-306-80593-6. Copyright 1975. Softcover with 740 pages.
Washington Irving's "Life of George Washington" (published in five volumes in 1856-59) was the product of his last years and remains his most personal work. Named after the great general, Irving (1783-1859) came to know many of the prominent figures of the Revolution. Here is an intimate portrait of Washington the man, from Virginia youth to colonial commander to commander in chief of the Patriot Army to first president. Irving reveals in illuminating detail the personality and humanity of a now remote, towering icon.