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Washington, George

Dec 20, 2013 — Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger describe a band of spies in George Washington's Secret Six, at No. 10.
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Dec 20, 2013 — At No. 4, Mitch Albom's The First Phone Call From Heaven tells the story of an ex-con single father.
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Feb 20, 2012 — Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the pre-eminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. Now Blitt has trained his eye and pen upon our first president in a new children's book, George Washington's Birthday.
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Dec 20, 2010 — Even in boom times, family conversations about politics, money and race tend to be explosive, and arguments get even more heated when times are tough. Consuming this year's feast of great nonfiction books will deepen your knowledge of our struggling world — and maybe guarantee victory at the dinner table.
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Oct 9, 2010 — Reserved, remote, elusive and enigmatic, the childless Father of Our Country seems to many of us to have been born middle-aged, in uniform, with powdered hair and false teeth, atop his famous steed, Old Nelson. But in Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow makes the first president human again.
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Oct 5, 2010 — Abigail Adams said that "simple truth" was George Washington's "greatest eulogy," and Ron Chernow proves it in his captivating new biography. Chernow keeps his distance from the founding father's mythology, and instead examines his foibles and triumphs.
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Oct 26, 2006 — Our first president was never the life of the party. Couldn't stand small talk. And some say he didn't even like to be touched. Yet in 1798 alone, more than 650 guests dined at his home. So what gives? Was Washington a closet bon vivant?
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Jul 13, 2005 — According ot our reviewer, Alan Greenblatt, this book avoids "historical hindsight." Even when Ellis sums up an important battle in a paragraph, he doesn't stint in explaining its importance to the tides of war.
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Nov 2, 2004 — A discussion of the most important American president of them all — our first. Historian Joseph Ellis talks about his 2004 biography, His Excellency: George Washington. He was, as his colleague Henry Lee said upon his death, "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Is he still in our hearts?
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Oct 25, 2004 — In His Excellency: George Washington, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis examines the myths and realities surrounding our nation's first president. Ellis suggests Washington was motivated as much by enlightened self-interest as idealism. Ellis speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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