Man from Mt Vernon Author:Burke Boyce When Washington took command of the pitiful Continental army outside Boston, he was a reluctant general, with other plans, ambitions, obligations-- — -- to his cherished Mt. Vernon, whose country ways were all he required for happiness — -- to Martha, struggling to decide whether her duty lay first with her husband or with her sole remaining child... more »
-- to Jacky Custis, Martha's son, spoiled, charming, irresponsible, wealthy...and destined for tragedy.
Against the grueling events of war, Burke Boyce has re-created the crucial years that brought George Washington--as a man and as a symbol of the Republic--to full growth. Here he is in striking focus, a wonderfully appealing and vivid individual: the dedicated countryman and farmer; the anxious stepfather; the affectionate, often bewildered, sometimes stern husband; and the seasoned soldier capable of spurring his weary men and recalcitrant generals through seemingly endless defeats and small victories to that heart-stopping victory at Yorktown.
This bold and imaginative story has the effect of yanking the reader through a doorway into history that is little used or known. What will remain with him in memory is the persuasive figure of Washington himself and those others who shared with him his time of greatness.« less