Genius of George Washington Book Review

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In the book, Genius of George Washington written by Edmund S. Morgan, George Washington is portrayed as a man of great military prowess, spirit, dignity, and honor. In the beginning the author talks about how we should not mistake Washington for arrogance because even though he craved honor and pursued it relentlessly, Morgan explained how Washington’s aloofness had nothing to do with his arrogance.

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Morgan also compliments him on his leadership and acknowledges the fact he took out the strongest military at the time, but at the same time Morgan says that even though everyone respects George Washington people tend to keep their distance. A particular person, who was named Governeur Morris, disagreed with Washington’s aloofness and was told to go casually greet Washington. Morris did as he was told and as soon as he said something to Washington, he looked at Morris with cold look, so Morris was embarrassed and had to leave. Even though Washington was a great general and leader he had a strong sense of being professional and anyone who did not do what was considered to be formal was quickly responded with an icy stare. All of this allowed him to be represented in the United States as the first President.


In this book Edmund S. Morgan portrayed George Washington as a great man and how he is a genius, but that’s not who George Washington was trying to be. Morgan was trying to glorify Washington as a great genius in warfare although he was a master in that specific category it was more his military prowess and leadership that really got everyone’s respect.

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