George Washington: The Wonder of the Age
By John Rhodehamel. ISBN 879-0-300-21997-7. Copyright 2017. Hardcover with 353 pages including notes and index.
As editor of the award-winning Library of America collection of George Washington's writings and a curator of the great man's original papers, John Rhodehamel has established himself as an authority of our nation's preeminent founding father. He examines George Washington as a public figure, arguing that the man-who first achieved fame in his early twenties-is inextricably bound to his mythic status. Solidly grounded in Washington's papers and exemplary in its brevity, this approachable biography is a superb introduction to the leader whose name has become synonymous with America. According to Mount Vernon's President and CEO Douglas Bradburn, "The interpretation of the author is profound, clear, and well-stated, and the author is certainly an expert on GW, worthy of tackling the problem of writing a short biography of the long, complicated, and monumental life of the most important founder of the United States."