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George Washington, The Indispensable Man (Abridged)
By James T. Flexner. ISBN 0-316-28616-8. Copyright 1969,1973,1974. Softcover with 423 pages.
This book is the single volume distillation of the definitive four-volume Pulitzer Prize-wining biography George Washington. The Indispensable Man inspired a television mini-series and made William Bennett's list of the most essential books on America. The easily readable chapters break down the different stages of George Washington's life into manageable sections. The black-and-white photograhs and drawings contribute to the rich texture of this book. Flexner writes that George Washington was "a falliable human being made of flesh and blood and spirit--not a statue of marble and wood...a great and good man."