A biography of George Washington that debunks many of the tall tales surrounding his legacy. When Coe, a former research curator at the New York Public Library, began gathering information for her latest book, she realized that most of the major Washington biographies had been written by men and were often biased toward a male perspective. Because this book avoids the male-centric viewpoint, it should make for interesting reading even for those who think they know Washington's story. Coe shares the unvarnished truth about the man, exposing many of the myths about him. The author has clearly done her homework, evident throughout the text in the letters and documents she quotes and the numerous sidebars and charts she incorporates, including a listing of the numerous animals housed at Mount Vernon. Evenhanded and engaging, this biography brings fresh insight to one of America's most written-about leaders.
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You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe is available in print, OverDrive/Libby e-book and OverDrive/Libby e-audiobook.