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After three years preparing The Triumph of William McKinley by reading very little but books, letters, articles and newspapers from the Gilded Age, I’m trying to get back into my regular routine, which I’ll chronicle here with an occasional review of what I’ve read.

Got to re-read some of the classics every year. Was introduced to Milton by a professor at George Mason University and what a big favor that was.

This is one of Oxford University Press’s wonderful “Pivotal Moments in American History” series and its editors (Pulitzer Prize winners David Hackett Fischer and James M. McPherson) chose well in picking Professor Parsons for this book.

In this slim volume, the editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington charts the changing ways in which Americans have perceived the Father of Our Country, from a wave of myth-making in the early 1800s to a wave of debunkers in the last century.

The enigmatic, complicated and compelling T.E. Lawrence comes fully alive in the well-informed, fair-minded and wonderfully written biography.


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