Analysis of William M Thayer's 'A Biography of George Washington: The Patriot President'

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In his biography of America's founding father and first president, George Washington: The Patriot President, author William M. Thayer describes the heroic acts of leadership that Washington displayed while fighting in the American Revolution and during his two terms as President. Using a personal style that appeals to young readers, Thayer provides many glimpses into the private life of George Washington that give a better impression of the man behind one of history's most legendary figures. By tracing the path of Washington's incredible life, from his childhood farm on Mount Vernon to his participation in the French and Indian War of 1754, the author successfully recreates the key events in Washington's development. The book is filled with tales of Washington's bravery on the battlefield, his natural ability to lead men during both war and peace, and his fierce sense of patriotism in the face of British aggression. After reading George Washington: The Patriot President the lesson that greatness is earned through hard work and determination is made clear. George Washington's life began with his birth in 1732, to Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington, British immigrants who were living in the newly founded American colony of Virginia. He had a total of nine siblings, including a pair of older half-brothers, and the large Washington family worked their way up from the gentry class of common farmers to become wealthy landowners. Working as a farmer at first,

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