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Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy

de Nathaniel Philbrick

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Travels with George . . . is quintessential Philbrick--a lively, courageous, and masterful achievement." --The Boston Globe   Does George Washington still matter? Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick argues for Washington's unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new president through all thirteen former colonies, which were now an unsure nation. Travels with George marks a new first-person voice for Philbrick, weaving history and personal reflection into a single narrative. When George Washington became president in 1789, the United States of America was still a loose and quarrelsome confederation and a tentative political experiment. Washington undertook a tour of the ex-colonies to talk to ordinary citizens about his new government, and to imbue in them the idea of being one thing--Americans. In the fall of 2018, Nathaniel Philbrick embarked on his own journey into what Washington called "the infant woody country" to see for himself what America had become in the 229 years since. Writing in a thoughtful first person about his own adventures with his wife, Melissa, and their dog, Dora, Philbrick follows Washington's presidential excursions: from Mount Vernon to the new capital in New York; a monthlong tour of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island; a venture onto Long Island and eventually across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The narrative moves smoothly between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries as we see the country through both Washington's and Philbrick's eyes. Written at a moment when America's founding figures are under increasing scrutiny, Travels with George grapples bluntly and honestly with Washington's legacy as a man of the people, a reluctant president, and a plantation owner who held people in slavery. At historic houses and landmarks, Philbrick reports on the reinterpretations at work as he meets reenactors, tour guides, and other keepers of history's flame. He paints a picture of eighteenth-century America as divided and fraught as it is today, and he comes to understand how Washington compelled, enticed, stood up to, and listened to the many different people he met along the way--and how his all-consuming belief in the union helped to forge a nation.… (més)
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Travel’s with George by Nathaniel Philbrick

Travel’s with George was an amazing read! It has a unique twist with the way its written, its part biography for George Washington and the Author but its also like a travel log. We get to follow along as Nathaniel and his wife and their dog travel the same path as George Washington. The differences are amazing. I really liked how smoothly the timelines shifted! This is going to be a short review because honestly everything you have read about this book is true and then add a little more and that is about where this book sits on a 10 scale. But also because there isn't really anything I can say that hasn't already been said and I'm sure whatever I do repeat won't do the book justice. My one piece of advice going into this book is forget all the myths and stories you have been told about GW because more than likely you are going to find out it was something totally different. This author had no problem talking about the more touchy subjects and I loved every minute of it! Happy reading everyone!

Thank you Viking books for sharing this book with me in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  thepageladies | Oct 2, 2022 |
Philbrick is guilty of what C.S. Lewis called 'chronological snobbery.' It's a shame that someone who, generally, writes well and considers himself a 'historian' judges historical figures through the lens of 21st century 'sensibilities' and endorses the removal of monuments and markers because he finds them inconvenient. Philbrick does this with Washington himself and inflicts his biases on his unsuspecting reader. There are too many truly good books on this subject out there, written by real historians who understand the dangers of erasing history and looking back with the superiority of our 21st century 'wisdom'....or lack thereof. Not worth spending time with this book! ( )
  IrinaR | Sep 25, 2022 |
Inventive idea for a history book- Philbrick, along with his wife and dog, travel the east coast of the US retracing the steps of George Washington during t he years of his presidency. Washington toured every state in 4 separate trips, an arduous journey by horse and buggy between 1789 and 1791. The book intertwines Philbrick's trip viewing historical sights and speaking with docents at various museums with an account of Washington's trip and the politics involved.

Philbrick sees these trips as Washington's attempt to unify the country in the face of the political differences of the day between the Hamiltonian Federalists and the Jeffersonian anti-Federalists. The author doesn't neglect the fact of Washington's slave-owning either, and leaves room throughout the book to examine the contradiction inherent to the nation's founding.

I enjoyed the book. I compare it to history books by my favorite history authors- Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, Stephen Ambrose, Ron Chernow- and it comes off well. It's more accessible and an easier read than those authors, who sometimes load their books with such dense detail, whereas Philbrick doesn't feel the need to enlighten me about what George ate for breakfast each morning. At the same time, the way this is written leaves me with a foot in today's world rather than immersing me in the 18th century. ( )
  DanTarlin | May 14, 2022 |
Travel’s with George by Nathaniel Philbrick

Travel’s with George was an amazing read! It has a unique twist with the way its written, its part biography for George Washington and the Author but its also like a travel log. We get to follow along as Nathaniel and his wife and their dog travel the same path as George Washington. The differences are amazing. I really liked how smoothly the timelines shifted! This is going to be a short review because honestly everything you have read about this book is true and then add a little more and that is about where this book sits on a 10 scale. But also because there isn't really anything I can say that hasn't already been said and I'm sure whatever I do repeat won't do the book justice. My one piece of advice going into this book is forget all the myths and stories you have been told about GW because more than likely you are going to find out it was something totally different. This author had no problem talking about the more touchy subjects and I loved every minute of it! Happy reading everyone!

Thank you Viking books for sharing this book with me in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  jacashjoh | Apr 19, 2022 |
I read this for a book club. It was okay as I did learn much about Washington, but it is just not my kind of book. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Travels with George . . . is quintessential Philbrick--a lively, courageous, and masterful achievement." --The Boston Globe   Does George Washington still matter? Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick argues for Washington's unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new president through all thirteen former colonies, which were now an unsure nation. Travels with George marks a new first-person voice for Philbrick, weaving history and personal reflection into a single narrative. When George Washington became president in 1789, the United States of America was still a loose and quarrelsome confederation and a tentative political experiment. Washington undertook a tour of the ex-colonies to talk to ordinary citizens about his new government, and to imbue in them the idea of being one thing--Americans. In the fall of 2018, Nathaniel Philbrick embarked on his own journey into what Washington called "the infant woody country" to see for himself what America had become in the 229 years since. Writing in a thoughtful first person about his own adventures with his wife, Melissa, and their dog, Dora, Philbrick follows Washington's presidential excursions: from Mount Vernon to the new capital in New York; a monthlong tour of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island; a venture onto Long Island and eventually across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The narrative moves smoothly between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries as we see the country through both Washington's and Philbrick's eyes. Written at a moment when America's founding figures are under increasing scrutiny, Travels with George grapples bluntly and honestly with Washington's legacy as a man of the people, a reluctant president, and a plantation owner who held people in slavery. At historic houses and landmarks, Philbrick reports on the reinterpretations at work as he meets reenactors, tour guides, and other keepers of history's flame. He paints a picture of eighteenth-century America as divided and fraught as it is today, and he comes to understand how Washington compelled, enticed, stood up to, and listened to the many different people he met along the way--and how his all-consuming belief in the union helped to forge a nation.

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