Washington: A Legacy of Leadership by Paul Vickery

Washington: A Legacy of Leadership focuses mainly on the military career of George Washington prior to his presidency. The author does a comendable job of showing how Washington’s time in the military as a leader prepared him for his job of president, both for himself and in the eyes of the people.

I appreciated the honest approach of the author in that he set forth the excellent character and skills of the man Washington, but yet also addressed his failures and weaknesses. Reading about his victories and his defeats made him more human, and showed how he was prepared better for future descisions and events.  His account of his rise through the military ranks, and the time spent serving in various places and posts was interesting and well written. Though I prefer a biography with plenty of personal and family history and details (which in this case is unlikely the fault of the author but more due to little being known about Washington’s early years), this book was far from boring. I enjoyed learning more about George Washington and thus more about the history of our nation.

Disclosure: I received this book free as part of the BookSneeze review program from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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