“Rush: Revolution, Madness and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father.” By Stephen Fried.
ISBN: 978-0-8041-4006-5. Copyright 2018. Hardcover with 608 pages.
This book is a finalist for the 2019 George Washington Prize. The George Washington Prize is one of the nations’ largest and most prestigious literary awards.
Benjamin Rush comes alive in Stephen’s Fried’s biography of this versatile, multi-talented founder. Fried captures Rush’s ambition to better the world by founding hospitals and asylums, by calling for the abolition of slavery, and by championing public education. As the Continental army’s surgeon general, Rush pushed to reform battlefield medicine during the Revolutionary War, and he played a key role in the creation of the United States’ political system. In Fried’s skillful hands, we learn about Rush’s life as a devoted husband and father, as well as his lasting legacy for so many areas of the early American Republic.