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Mt. Vernon:

Professor Peter Henriques, Emeritus

Recommended Books on George Washington

  1. Paul Longmore, The Invention of GW
  2. Noemie Emery, Washington: A Biography
  3. James Flexner, GW: Indispensable Man
  4. Richard Norton Smith, Patriarch
  5. Richard Brookhiser, Founding Father
  6. Marcus Cunliffe, GW: Man and Monument
  7. Robert Jones, George Washington [2002 edition]
  8. Don Higginbotham, GW: Uniting a Nation
  9. Jack Warren, The Presidency of George Washington
  10. Peter Henriques, George Washington [a brief biography for the National Park Service. $10.00 per copy including shipping.]

    Note: Most books can be purchased at

A Few Important George Washington Web Sites [This is my primitive website on GW and has links to most of the websites listed below plus other material on George Washington.] [Website for GW papers at UVA. Excellent.] [The Fitzpatrick edition of the GW Papers, all word searchable. A wonderful aid for getting letters on line.] [A great interactive site for students of all grades focusing on Gilbert Stuart’s Lansdowne portrait of GW.] [The Avalon Project which contains GW’s inaugural addresses and many speeches.] [The website for Mount Vernon.] ["To Get Quit of Negroes": George Washington and Slavery by Phillip D. Morgan.]

Additional Books and Websites, 2004

Joe Ellis, His Excellency, October 2004 [This will be a very important book by a Pulitzer winning author and is probably the best book to read on GW if you are only going to read one.]

Henry Wiencek, Imperfect God [A rather controversial book on GW and slavery.]

David Hackett Fischer, Washington’s Crossing [On Battle of Trenton.]

Joel Achenbach, The Grand Idea: GW and the Potomac as Pathway to the West

Don Higginbotham, GW Reconsidered [Contains many good essays, some quite a few years old.]

Peter Henriques, Realistic Visionary: Essays on the Life and Character of George Washington [Forthcoming, 2005/6.]

New Website

Rediscovering George Washington
This site has many lesson plans for grades 9-12. A 90-minute film, edited by Richard Brookhiser, can effectively be used with the site.

Links to Various Material

George Washington's Attitude about Death and the Afterlife

George Washington and the Coming of the American Revolution

George Washington and Religion

Franklin Steiner--George Washington and Religion

Articles on George Washington--A Select Bibliography

Books on George Washington--A Select Bibliography

Quotes by George Washington

Quotes about George Washington

Links to Washington Websites

George Washington and Slavery

George Washington Biography

George Washington: He Died as He Lived

The Making of George Washington

A Votary of Love

The Softer side of George Washington

George Washington's "Unmannerly" Behavior--William Guthrie Sayen

Books for Graduate Students to Read

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