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4.0 out of 5 starsA nice look at a timeless, perfect place.
13 November 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
I'd give this short book about Mount Vernon five stars but for its unusual formatting (similar to some of Charles River Editors' (CRE) other books), and I write this as constructive criticism, hoping CRE will read it and take it into account for its future, likely excellent publications. Perhaps the book is mostly meant to be read in Kindle form, but you won't find the normal title page or publishing information. You also won't find numbered pages -- I count 47 pages of content. You'll find small print and large spaces, sometimes very large spaces. You'll also find plenty of typographic "widows and orphans." This said, the content, both in subject matter and photographs, is superb. For me, this book was a must-read for my own book about Mount Vernon's Bastille key, an intriguing artifact which CRE mentions, and I found interesting information here about both Mount Vernon and Washington I hadn't found elsewhere. Bottom line: excellent information at a very nice price!
5.0 out of 5 starsRead This Short Booklet to Gain an Understanding of George Washington & His Times
1 April 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Length: 59 pages.
I found it intriguing to learn how George Washington's mind worked during his early years and, more importantly, during the years he was in charge of the army responsible to gain independence from the Crown.
Especially, while he was at battle, life or death for the colonies, he still compartmentalized his mind to deal also with the development of his estate and remodeling of his cherished home. All this while mourning the loss of a daughter.
Yet, there is a tidbit revealed through photos included in the brief - George and his wife had separate bedrooms. I wonder, was that the norm in those days? Or was it only the norm among the wealthy?
This is an interesting book as much for what it doesn't state as for what it does.