Citizen Washington by WILLIAM MARTIN

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He became the nation’s first hero. …But before that, George Washington was just a man. And in his youth, he was a man on the make. He wanted to serve the king, so he donned a red coat and fought the French. He loved another man’s wife but yearned for status, so he married a rich widow. He dreamed of wealth, so he accumulated land and slaves. He accumulated enemies, too…

In Citizen Washington, one of those enemies--a newspaper publisher named Hesperus Draper--learns that Martha Washington has burned her husband’s letters at his death. So Draper sets his nephew on a quest to find the truth about the letters and about the man himself.  The younger Draper meets a dozen people, from Mount Vernon slaves and Iroquois Indians to Jefferson and Adams and the other giants of the era, and they tell their own stories as they tell Washington’s: from his callow youth, through the harrowing battles of the Revolution, to the first American presidency.

What emerges is a remarkable, multi-faceted portrait of a society reeling toward rebellion, a nation rushing to be born, and a man rising to greatness.


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About WILLIAM MARTIN

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WILLIAM MARTIN, New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis. Martin’s first novel, Back Bay, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who continues to track artifacts across the landscape of our national imagination in more recent works like City of Dreams. Other Martin novels, such as Harvard Yard, Citizen Washington, and The Lost Constitution have established him as a “storyteller whose smoothness equals his ambition” (Publishers Weekly).  Martin has also written an award-winning PBS documentary and one of the cheesiest horror movies ever made. He was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to “an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region.” There are more than three million copies of his books in print. William Martin has three grown children and lives near Boston with his wife.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Forge Books. 784 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He advises Christopher to pretend to be writing a biography of Washington in order to gain access to those who knew Washington while he was alive.

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Appearing on the bicentennial of Washington's death, Martin's (Annapolis) brisk, engaging and far from worshipful portrayal of the childless father of this country is told from multiple points of view

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Appearing on the bicentennial of Washington's death, Martin's (Annapolis) brisk, engaging and far from worshipful portrayal of the childless father of this country is told from multiple points of view by those who knew him.

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His infatuation with Sally Fairfax, the wife of a close friend, is a recurring theme, and is only hinted at obliquely by his wife, Martha Custis Washington (Draper initially assumes Washington pursued the rich widow for her monetary charms).

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