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The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" By Flora Fraser The Washingtons George and Martha Join d by Friendship Crown d by Love Here are the socially awkward young soldier and the charming and very rich young widow he wooed and won the early years of their marriage at Mount Vernon his inflexible determination and iron will thr
  • Title: The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love"
  • Author: Flora Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780307272782
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" By Flora Fraser Here are the socially awkward young soldier and the charming and very rich young widow he wooed and won the early years of their marriage at Mount Vernon his inflexible determination and iron will throughout the long war she, joining him every year in Valley Forge and the army s other winter quarters, essential to his personal well being but also a commanding and admireHere are the socially awkward young soldier and the charming and very rich young widow he wooed and won the early years of their marriage at Mount Vernon his inflexible determination and iron will throughout the long war she, joining him every year in Valley Forge and the army s other winter quarters, essential to his personal well being but also a commanding and admired figure in her own right and, finally, the eight years of America s first presidency he, the reluctant president, and she, the faultless first lady, both longing to return to their beloved Mount Vernon Here, too, are the domestic Washingtons Martha presiding over dinners for foreign dignitaries, keeping careful control of her children and her inheritance George, even while commanding the revolutionary army, always concerned about her welfare and safety, worrying about his stepchildren, and when the rare occasion arose, dancing the night away with any pretty woman he could find A major, and vastly appealing, contribution to the literature of our founding fathers and founding mother.
    The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" By Flora Fraser
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    1. Flora Fraser

      Flora Fraser Soros born 30 October 1958 is an English writer of historical biographies.She is the daughter of historian and historical biographer Lady Antonia Fraser and the late Sir Hugh Fraser, a British Conservative politician Her stepfather was the playwright Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, her mother s second husband until his death in 2008 Her maternal grandparents were the late Elizabeth Longford, also an eminent biographer, and the late Lord Longford, a well known politician, social reformer, and author.She was named after Scottish Jacobite Flora MacDonald Using her maiden name Flora Fraser, she has written biographies of Emma Hamilton, Caroline of Brunswick, the daughters of George III, and Pauline Bonaparte.

    259 thoughts on “The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love"”

    1. While this doesn t flow with the feeling of a novel, source material is too scant for that, Flora Fraser has still managed to put together a fascinating, often moving, portrait of America s first First Family, and through them a history of the Revolutionary War and the early years of the United States, including the issue of slavery since the Washingtons had enslaved people in their service Unfortunately, very little correspondence between George and Martha Washington survives, Martha burned all [...]


    2. The Washingtons uses historical documents to tell the story of George and Martha and the birth of the nation Because few letters between the two still exist, much is told from the point of view of their friends and family Theirs was a special relationship, surviving wars and the first Presidency with undying love and devotion for each other Author Flora Fraser does a good job putting their marriage in the context of world changing events Though by the end of the book I felt I had learned about [...]


    3. I think my reading of this book suffered from the fact that it was the third book in a row that I read about Washington and things were getting a bit repetitive Even that consideration aside though, this book was a bit dry and at times heavy on details without much of a narrative to pull them together.


    4. Although it starts a little dry, I feel like I did learn a lot about the Washingtons The focus was on the domestic side of things which was fine by me as I do find it tedious to read the details of battle after battle after battle Familiarity with Morristown, Philadelphia, Lower Manhattan and other locales mentioned including a recent visit to Richmond, VA added to my understanding of the material Considering that Martha destroyed all of the correspondence between her and George, the author was [...]


    5. After reading this very engaging book it is hard not to wish that Martha Washington had not felt it necessary to burn all of the letters that she and her husband exchanged over their lifetime Since she did, Flora Fraser and other biographers have been deprived of the best sources to describe their relationship Nonetheless this new biography of this marriage uses contemporary sources to describe what seems a long, happy partnership As the author writes at the beginning, it would be hard to imagin [...]


    6. Fraser tries, and while the writing never rises above serviceable, it is hard to imagine a better, thorough treatment of their marriage Martha burned their voluminous correspondence, drat it, and so Fraser has to do an analysis of the relationship that relies upon intelligent extrapolation of outsiders observations She is than equal to the task, but the problem then becomes the fact that Martha isn t very interesting She was a model for future First Ladies until Eleanor Roosevelt broke the mol [...]


    7. Although this book features George Washington than Martha, the author does an admirable job of weaving together the story of the marriage, making readers realize that there was a love story to rival that of John and Abigail Adams Readers will realize how much both of the Washingtons like both the Adams sacrificed for the revolution.



    8. George Washington is such an august figure in American history, remote, aloof and elevated, that it s often hard to get any kind of real sense of him as an actual human being Unlike other Founding Fathers, with their whims and foibles and scandals and quirks, Washington is hard to reach, as indeed he was in life So one would think that approaching such a man through the most intimate of ties, that of his wife, would be the best approach to coming close to understanding him as man not myth.Howeve [...]


    9. Not for the first time have I thought how fortunate we were to have a man like George Washington to lead our armies and be our first president This book shows that we were equally as fortunate in having Martha as his wife and our first lady She supported him with letters and every winter during the Revolution with her presence she likewise assisted him with making a home so to speak for him and his staff, being collegial with their ladies and supporting these ladies worried about their fathers, [...]


    10. I ve been on a Founding Fathers binge, and after reading Walter Isaacson s Ben Franklin and Sarah Vowell s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, I had high expectations that unfortunately were not met Perhaps it s because Martha burned most of their letters and so they do not have as many primary sources, but the prose was dry and the inclusion of many details of Revolutionary War battles was not what interested me I thought I was getting a portrait of their marriage, and had a symposium on w [...]


    11. This is a well researched book about the relationship between George and Martha Washington The author relies on a lot of primary source material letters between George and Martha, and letters about them from family, friends, and colleagues I didn t gain any new insights or have any revelations, and in fact, it felt a lot like reading a textbook I stuck with it, hoping to find some clues to solving a family mystery Supposedly my mother s family is connected to the Parke Custis family, and we were [...]


    12. It s been a long time since I studied Revolutionary War history and my views on political issues have changed over time as well By and large The Washingtons is a enjoyable read with plenty of for me new information about the events leading up to the War for Independence and the actual struggle itself Some parallels between then and now seem evident to me And the opportunity to learn about the woman behind the storied man is welcome and refreshing It seems clear to me from this telling that the [...]


    13. While fairly enjoyable to read, this book didn t live up to my expectations Flora Fraser concentrated heavily on the couple s domestic and family life and the tribulations they experienced when Washington served as Commander in Chief I had hoped for insights into the pressures and issues of his Presidency, and Mrs Washington s influence during this period I did come away with a greater understanding of day to day Colonial life and its fragility If this is where your interest lies, this is worth [...]


    14. though not without enjoyable moments, the book is a labor the author writes about 1776, but unfortunately, her writing style also often feels like something of that era, as she uses antiquated forms and phrasing that bog down the book the book does nothing but enhance one s admiration for George and Martha, but the premise that a couple love each other and remain committed to marriage through times of uncertainty and separation is, in this case, an inadequate hook for compelling history


    15. This was a good book bout Martha AND George AND their marriage As much as could be gained from documents, other than George and Martha s personal correspondence with each other over 40 years of marriage and George s career Martha burned all of these after George s death.Once or twice I wishd to put this book away But I don t know much about history so I persevere and am glad I did.Read if you wish, I recommend I am on a history kick


    16. Focused on the personal lives of George and Martha than it is on the details of the historical events Snippets of text from actual correspondence, mostly personal, are assembled to tell the story Interesting to see the actual wording used in that era, including misspellings no spell checking and probably few dictionaries and grammatical errors Given this assembly, it s confusing at times to follow what is being said, and by who to whom.


    17. Martha George Washington s LifeThis is the story of a married couple It was also the first time I read a detailed account of Martha s life and family background I recommend it to all who are interested in American history and the lives of the Founding Mothers who gave as much as their husbands to our identity as a nation.



    18. Very interesting history of the marriage of George and Martha Washington So unfortunate that Martha burned all their correspondence after George s death, although understandable.


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