Lauren B: George Washington

His Excellency: George Washington, by Joseph Ellis

Joseph Ellis is a genious – he knows how to tell stories that keep your interest and give great insight into the parts of history you never learn about in school. This book spans from the very beginning of Washington’s military career to his death in 276 pages, and it was a great way to see how different events in his life impacted the “big” things we all know about. I don’t know how Ellis manages to write about exactly the right things to paint the detailed picture that he does – it was an easy read that kept my turning pages and actually imparted tons of information at the same time.

To anyone who thinks they don’t like nonfiction – read something by Joseph Ellis! It’s sad how glossed-over text book versions of history are, I know my kids are going to hate me for all the extra reading I’m going to make them do 😉

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