Inventing the Myth of George Washington

A popular myth is that George Washington repeatedly turned down an offer to become king of America. In reality this did not happen.¬†Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory, by Edward Lengel, punctures myths about Washington and highlights some of the burdens that national leaders, particularly presidents, carry. It's somehow reassuring that even … Continue reading Inventing the Myth of George Washington

George Washington’s Flaws Bring Him Down to Earth, to Real Life

Probably what has deterred me from more curiosity about George Washington is that he is so often portrayed as a plaster saint rather than a real live human with feet of clay. One cannot really appreciate his greatness without first recognizing his perceived faults. History for Dummies¬†has a good summary of Washington's character flaws: "He … Continue reading George Washington’s Flaws Bring Him Down to Earth, to Real Life