George Washington & the Founding of a Nation (Dutton, 2000)

George Washington & the Founding of a Nation

Albert Marrin

Son of a Virginia family of modest means, almost entirely self-educated, ambitious for both material wealth and the high regard of others, George Washington rose through diligent application of his abilities to become the first general to win a modern revolutionary war, and the first president of the United States serving two terms. This is an account of the life and times of a man who became the “Father of our country” at a critical time in our nation’s history.


Marrin’s impressive biography for young people is one well worth poring over. The narrative, sensitive and compelling, conveys a subtle sense of drama that intrigues as well as instructs. One of the finest biographies of Washington to date.

—Boston Globe

This engaging biography offers a well rounded portrait of a fascinating character.

—School Library Journal

[Marrin melts] the marble of the Washington legend into something very near flesh and blood. He. . . asks readers to consider the icon as a man.


As he did in his outstanding works on Lee and Grant, Marrin again displays keen sensitivity to the inherent contradictions of a warrior/statesman. . . History buffs will . . . settle in for a satisfying cover-to-cover read.

—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books