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Washington's Birthday   By: (1879-1964)

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Washington's Birthday by Robert Haven Schauffler is a captivating and enlightening book that offers readers a deep insight into the life of George Washington. Schauffler's impeccable writing style and thorough research make this biography an enjoyable and educational read.

One of the book's strengths lies in the meticulous attention to detail Schauffler pays to historical accuracy. By examining primary sources, such as letters and diaries written by Washington himself, the author paints a portrait of the man behind the legendary figure. The author's commitment to unraveling the truth about Washington's character and actions is commendable, making this biography an invaluable resource for history enthusiasts.

Moreover, the author provides a refreshing perspective on Washington's birthday, which is often reduced to mere celebrations and holiday spirit. Schauffler effectively connects Washington's birthday to the larger context of American history, highlighting the significance of his leadership during the Revolutionary War and his pivotal role in shaping the young nation.

Schauffler's writing style is another notable aspect of the book. His prose flows effortlessly, capturing the reader's attention from beginning to end. The author skilfully balances historical information with engaging anecdotes, making the book accessible to both history experts and casual readers.

Furthermore, Washington's Birthday offers a nuanced portrayal of Washington's personality, shedding light on his virtues as well as his flaws. Schauffler expertly presents the complexity of Washington's character, highlighting his determination and resilience as a leader, while addressing his shortcomings and moments of doubt. This comprehensive portrayal adds depth and authenticity to the biography, elevating it above a mere hagiography.

One possible critique of Washington's Birthday is its occasional reliance on speculation, particularly when discussing the private aspects of Washington's life. While Schauffler acknowledges the limitations of available information, some readers may find the conjecture distracting or wish for more conclusive evidence. However, the author's overall commitment to factual accuracy counterbalances this minor concern.

In conclusion, Washington's Birthday by Robert Haven Schauffler is a masterfully written biography that delves deep into the life and character of George Washington. By skillfully combining historical research with engaging storytelling, Schauffler offers readers a remarkably comprehensive and captivating portrait of one of America's most revered Founding Fathers. This book is an essential read for anyone seeking a greater understanding of the man who became the father of a nation.

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Our American Holidays


Its History, Observance, Spirit, and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse, with a Selection from Washington's Speeches and Writings

Edited by


New York Dodd, Mead and Company


The popular idea of Washington has recently begun to veer away from the vision of an eighteenth century demigod in a wig, an old fashioned statue in dusky bronze, stern and forbidding. We are swinging around toward the idea of a loveable, fallible, very human personality with humor, a hot temper, and a genuine love of pleasure.

Accordingly, in gathering material for this book the editor has passed by those earlier writers who are mainly responsible for this distorted view; and he has aimed to gather here the essays, orations poems, stories, and exercises which best exhibit the modern conception of Washington; together with a selection from his own writings and the finest of the elder tributes to the memory of our greatest National Hero.


The Editor and Publishers wish to acknowledge their indebtedness to Houghton, Mifflin & Company; Doubleday, Page & Company; J.B. Lippincott & Co.; Mr. David McKay, John Macy, and others who have very kindly granted permission to reprint selections from works bearing their copyright... Continue reading book >>

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