Author: Austin Washington
Publisher: Regnery History
Publishing Date: 2014
George Washington—a man of honor, bravery and leadership. He is known as America’s first President, a great general, and a humble gentleman, but how did he become this man of stature?
Washington’s Code answers this question with a new discovery about his past and the surprising book that shaped him. Who better to unearth them than George Washington’s great-nephew, Austin Washington?
Most Washington fans have heard of �The Rules of Civility” and learned that this guided our first President. But that’s not the book that truly made George Washington who he was. In Washington’s Code, Austin Washington reveals the secret that he discovered about Washington’s past that explains his true model for conduct, honor, and leadership—an example that we could all use.
With what particular subject or period does the book deal?
Basically the author, who happens to be distantly related to George Washington, tries to convince the reader that a book titled "A Panegyrick to the Memory of His Grace Frederick, Late Duke of Schonberg", played a huge role in forming George Washington and whom he became in the end. The subject itself takes place in 1700s prior to American Revolution, although there are some battles covered during American Revolution.
How thorough is the treatment?
In order to convince the reader, the author even went ahead and printed the book that has inspired George Washington a great deal. I would say that the treatment towards the education of George Washington as well as life in Great Britain and in America as it relates to education is very thorough and education.
What were the sources used?
The author used both primary and secondary sources, and he didn't use the INTERNET but instead used the printed materials. Some of hte sources that were used included letters, papers and biographies.
Is the account given in broad outline or in detail?
The account of the book is given in detail rather than broad outline because the author does take time to let the audience know of the world that George Washington was familiar with.
Is the style that of reportorial writing, or is there an effort at interpretive writing?
I think there's an effort at interpretive writing but I don't think it works well because the author is trying to appeal to what seems to be everyone, but at the same time doesn't seem to appeal to anyone.
What is the point of view or thesis of the author?
"This book will reveal the key-a genuine secret, hidden in plain sight for two centuries, that explains how my great-uncle became a great man. This secret might help you do what he did, at least a bit. Be good and great, that is." (2)
Is the treatment superficial or profound?
I would say that the treatment is profound because there are a lot of details and a lot of world building of America in 1700s as well as what's important and what's not. The author even goes into some legends trying to disprove them.
For what group is the book intended (textbook, popular, scholarly, etc.)?
I think the author was trying to go for the popular group, or the average everyday person, but from reading it, I would say that the book belongs either in a textbook or scholarly class.
Austin Washington is the great-nephew of George Washington. He earned his masters and did post-graduate research focusing on colonial American history, and is a writer, musician, entrepreneur and global traveler. He returns to an old
family home whenever he can. Virginia 's first book takes a common criticism of his academic
writing - "You're not writing a newspaper editorial, you know!" - and
turns it into a virtue, taking a subject dry and dusty in other's hands and
giving it life. He has lived abroad much of his life, most recently in Austin , and
visits friends from Russia
and beyond. His earliest influences as a writer were Saki, Salinger, and St.
Exupery, although in more recent years he has got beyond the S's. As for
historians, he is partial to the iconoclast Gibbon, who wrote history to change
the future. Bangladesh
His latest book is the nonfiction/history book, The Education of George Washington.
For more information, see author Austin Washington discussing his book in a video on his web site at www.austinwashington.com and also on You Tube at: http://youtu.be/1m6OvGRye9U.
Is social history or political history emphasized?
I'd say social history is emphasized and there is very little mention of political history.
Are dates used extensively, and if so, are they used intelligently?
While the dates are used, I don't think they're used extensively as they should have been.
Is the book a revision? How does it compare with earlier editions?
The book isn't a revision
Are maps, illustrations, charts, etc. used and how are these to be evaluated?
Unfortunately there aren't any maps or charts or anything like that
What I liked about the book is that I learned new information about George Washington. However, the reason for such a low rating is this: at one point the author talked about the cherry tree myth, and I didn't appreciate that he used the words "non-Americans" which sounded kind of contemptuous and angry. (Perhaps he might have mentioned, for those that aren't familiar with the story instead of non-Americans.) And the book itself read like a textbook rather than something fun and entertaining. Here's another thing: towards the very end, the book that made George Washington great is published. But the author neglects to mention how to read the book, and I doubt many people knew that back then, the f could also mean s.
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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)