Coe offers such a fresh, and, at times, cheeky perspective on our beloved George Washington. She’s clever, witty, and smart and the first female biographer to add her take on the man, and what a welcome addition she is.
Coe paints a more realistic portrayal of Washington, the icon, while still paying homage to his accomplishments and legacy. And in a much shorter version! What I loved most is how she brings to light a much more realistic depiction of the women in his life, starting with his mother, Mary, who is considered nothing but a shrew by all of Washington’s male biographers.
Come on, Mary’s husband died at a young age leaving her with a farm to run, bills to pay, and four children to rear, during the 18th century, no less.
Coe deserves a round of applause. You won’t be disappointed.