September 30, 2005
Many books have been written about George Washington as our first president, but little has been written about his military life.
Edward Lengel, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, has written "General George Washington: A Military Life," for this reason.
Working from over 140,000 documents written to or from George Washington, the specialist in military history, exposes why Washington was not perfect.
Lengel says Washington was not an intellectual, such as Thomas Jefferson, rather he relied on his instincts and had to work and suffer for his successes.
This is largely evident in his role as a general, where he commanded "by the book." Lengel says, Washington's imperfections chip away at the image of him that contemporary society holds as a "marble bust figure" and exposes him as a real person.
The book is on shelves now. For more information about the author and the book, see our exclusive interview above.