You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe was published on 4th February 2020. The book has been published by Penguin Random House.
Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first-and finds he is not quite the man we remember young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his Saddle.
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But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won. After an unlikely victory in the revolutionary war cast him as the nation’s hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressure him into the presidency-twice. When he retired years later, no one talked him out of it. He left the highest Office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty must confront his greatest hypocrisy-what to do with the men, women, and children he owns-before he succumbs to death. With irresistible style and warm humor, you never forget your first combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers-including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads-inhaling every page.
About the author
Alexis Coe is the award-winning author of Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis (soon to be a major motion picture). Coe has frequently appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. She is a host of Audible’s Presidents Are People Too! and No Man’s Land. Coe holds a graduate degree in American history and was a research curator at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.