Richard Norton Smith, Patriarch


An Acclaimed Biographer Takes on George Washington

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Richard Norton Smith’s Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation tells not only what George Washington did, memorably, what he was like, and how both were essential to the birth of the American Republic.

As the “father of the nation” Washington had to take on the challenge of being the first chief executive. This is the story of Washington under political siege, a trial no less demanding than the Revolutionary War. In a supremely readable history, Richard Norton Smith gives us vivid descriptions of stagecoach travel, the nation’s yellow fever epidemic of 1793, and life at Mount Vernon.

Very good; dust jacket.

Smith, Richard Norton. Patriarch: George Washington and the New Nation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Book Club Edition, 424p.