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In this special addition to the Ford Evening Book Talk series, Mount Vernon welcomes popular author Alexis Coe to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss her new book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.

The author will sign books purchased at Mount Vernon after the lecture.

About the Book

Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won.

After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation's hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency--twice. When he retired years later, no one talked him out of it. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created.

Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty had to confront his greatest hypocrisy--what to do with the men, women, and children he owned--before he succumbed to death.

With irresistible style and warm humor, You Never Forget Your First combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers inhaling every page.

About the Author

Alexis Coe is an award-winning historian and author of Alice + Freda Forever, soon to be a major motion picture. Alexis is the host of No Man’s Land, The Wing's podcast on women's history, and co-hosted Presidents Are People Too! from Audible. Alexis has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian, and many others. She holds a graduate degree in American history, and was a research curator at the NYPL.

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