Travels with George by Nathaniel Philbrick audiobook

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy

By Nathaniel Philbrick
Read by Nathaniel Philbrick

Penguin Audio 9780525562177

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780593417881

  • ISBN: 9780593417881

Runtime: 9.58 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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.

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 month-long 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Travels with George is all the more crucial in this time of national division when a look back to a unifying figure like our first President matters all the more.” Admiral James Stavridis, USN, 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO
“Both a lighthearted travelogue and a timely exploration of Washington’s historical legacy.” Wall Street Journal
“The writer shows how the lessons taught by the ‘father of our country’ are still relevant today.” Smithsonian
“Philbrick’s book addresses weighty matters but is nevertheless an enjoyable read.” The Guardian (London)
“[An] entertaining mix of history, travelogue, and memoir…This poignant account strikes a hopeful chord.” Publishers Weekly
“Philbrick moves from one century’s point of view to another’s, perceptively observing what has changed and what has not…Highly personal reflection and unique perspective on both the history and the often-contradictory lives of present-day Americans.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Nathaniel Philbrick

Author Bio: Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the National Book Award–winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, Revenge of the Whale, Sea of Glory, and others. Philbrick has won numerous awards for his work, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the Albion-Monroe Award, and the New England Book Award; his book Mayflower was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His book The Last Stand was named an ALA Notable Book and was the basis for a two-hour PBS American Experience film called Custer’s Last Stand. A graduate of Duke and Brown Universities, he currently lives in New England.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English