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I never thought I d answer the question So what are you reading with A biography of George Washington But I did, and am so glad I picked this one up I was first drawn to it because of the title, the hilarious cover and the fact that it is written by a woman It s hard to find historical non fiction written by women, especially when it comes to Colonial Revolutionary history though there are some amazing female authors out there And as I started reading, Coe did not disappoint This account of Washington s life is amusing, yet pointed critiquing both Washington and even other biographers of him , succinct yet detailed where it needs to be It is clear Coe did her research and examined the works of others as well And while her approach or interpretation of history may not be 100% accurate I am not one to judge this, as this is the only book about Washington I ve ever read, and I am no fact checker but I really appreciated reading her perspective She is not afraid to pick apart myths and inconsistencies that we hold about our first president, and lays out her argument and evidence in a convincing yet readable manner.The book is structured chronologically, following Washington from his youth growing up in Virginia to his death at Mount Vernon My favorite parts of the book were actually in the beginning, when Coe examines the portrayals of Washington s mother, Mary, from other biographies She points out where others may have gone wrong, and gives depth and life to a character who is often pushed to the sidelines in order to focus on her illustrious son Coe s research into Washington s childhood was also quite interesting, and one might have assumed he grew up wealthy But it seems as if he grew up just above what was considered poor he still had a horse, albeit a very hungry one , and his family often struggled to make ends meet after his father passed away.Throughout the work, Coe s writing looses some of its humorous flair as we focus on details of Washington s military and presidential career Even so, her tone is engaging and readable even if I wasn t grinning about a line, I still found myself making steady progress and enjoying my time reading Who knew that reading about a military battle could be actually kind of nice and interesting Not me If you re new to reading history biographies, or just want a different take on such an esteemed historical figure, then definitely pick this one up when it come out in early February You ll get feminism, myth busting, a variety of jokes AND some hot historical knowledge What could be better I am super curious to read Coe s first book, which I hear is being made into a movie or tv show I can t remember Thank you so much to Viking Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review So happy to read this one In A Genre Overdue For A Shakeup, Alexis Coe Takes A Closer Look At Our First And Finds He S Not Quite The Man We RememberYoung George Washington Was Raised By A Struggling Single Mother, Demanded Military Promotions, Chased Rich Young Women, Caused An International Incident, And Never Backed Down Even When His Dysentery Got So Bad He Had To Ride With A Cushion On His SaddleBut 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 Battles Than He Won Coe Focuses On His Activities Off The Battlefield Like Espionage And PropagandaAfter An Unlikely Victory In The Revolutionary War, Washington Once Again Shocked The World By Giving Up Power, Only To Learn His Compatriots Wouldn T Allow It The Founders Pressured Him Into The Presidency Twice He Established Enduring Norms But Left Office Heartbroken Over The Partisan Nightmare His Backstabbing Cabinet Had CreatedBack On His Plantation, The Man Who Fought For Liberty Finally Confronted His Greatest Hypocrisy What To Do With The Hundreds Of Men, Women, And Children He Owned Before Succumbing To A Brutal DeathAlexis Coe Combines Rigorous Research And Unsentimental Storytelling, Finally Separating The Man From The Legend I picked this up on a whim after I was looking at a list of recent releases I ve always had a vague interest in reading presidential biographies, and I loved the way that this one was framed I was not disappointed Why you may not like this book It is a breeze of a biography that skips over chunks of Washington s life, specifically the details of the Revolution If you want something a bit comprehensive, this may leave you feeling wanting The degree to which this will feel like I m not a regular biography, I m a cool biography, will be super personal It felt that way just a couple of times to me, but I can see it being annoying for other readers Finally, I listened to this on audiobook The narrator did a good job, but Coe uses lists or tables in order to quickly convey information in a fun funny way It doesn t translate well to audio and it felt like it took something away from the experience Why I liked this book I loved the idea of exploring how a gendered bias has informed how we see Washington as an important figure The focus on Washington as manly and viral and above reproach has informed so much of American history and feels to me like so indicative of general pro America sentiment There was a really great emphasis in this on the women in Washington s life and on the fact that through his entire life time, Washington was a slave owner I don t think I ve ever read anything that explained so well the role that slaves played in Washington s daily life There is no such thing as unbiased writing or reporting, but I appreciated the way this was clear about it s intention and how often it presented what we knew with less interpretation It was very readable and super interesting It left me wanting to read about Washington, and I think if and when I do, I ll be a discerning reader. Alexis Coe s You Never Forget Your First is a fresh examination of what is a myth and what is a truth about our first president I have to admit just knowing that someone would actually critically look at Washington the man rather than the humble, military genius that most authors take really excited me This book did not disappoint Coe explores Washington s ambitious and often tunnel vision style approach to getting what he wanted while also maintaining the reputation a social climber strives to maintain This is not an attack of Washington, but an in depth look at who the man really was outside of what propaganda and even Washington himself strove to portray to the world I think this book is one of the first biographies I have read of Washington that didn t seem afraid to say okay, he did do a lot, but he was far from the perfect, never tell a lie, god like figure most of us learn about in history class and from reading other biographies Coe s writing style is easy, engaging, and follows a narrative flow that makes this a great book for anyone interested in learning about the USA s first president Even if you, like me, have read numerous books about Washington, the American Revolution, and the founding of our nation, you can find something new in Alexis Coe s newest book Thank you NetGalley and Viking Press for the e ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Biography is generally not my favorite nonfiction genre, but this is the best book EVER If, like me, you love Revolutionary War and founding fathers stuff but could really do without hundreds of pages of battle strategy and lionization of imperfect men, then this is the Washington bio for you Coe s honest, unsentimental account of the life of our first President is fun, funny, and fascinating, dense without being dry and respectful without being either naive or hit with a case of the anachronistic outrage that so commonly besets us modern liberals.Come for the Culper Ring intrigue and stay for the thigh men jokes This book is at once immensely informative and loads of fun, and I ll be recommending it absolutely everyone I know. Did I need a George Washington biography in my life No But did I need one written by a woman Yes I learned about Alexis Coe via No Man s Land, the podcast by The Wing I learned Alexis is a woman American historian, of which there are few This book is great It s like having your smartest friend tell you about our first President Whatever you ve heard or learned about Washington, you ve undoubtedly heard it from a male perspective Trust me, you want to hear a woman s recounting. Excellent Teach this book in schools It s one of the most engaging and honest biographies on a founding father I ve read maybe ever. Read if you Want a fresh look at Washington and or want to read a biography of Washington, but are intimidated by the many enormous biographies of our first president In 2012, I began a presidential biography reading plan, in which I read a biography of every president including Obama I finished this project in 2015 Biographies of presidents has always been an interest of mine going back to childhood but after that undertaking, there has to be something unique about a president s biography in order for me to pick it up The title and marketing for You Never Forget Your First was appealing, so I sent in my request to review Alexis Coe has an irreverant, but not obnoxious, view on Washington and on his previous biographers , which will appeal to those who are interersted in reading a Washington biography, but find the 700 900 page tomes daunting She also doesn t sugercoat Washington s opinions on slavery and his treatment of the enslaved African Americans at Mount Vernon Many thanks to Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley for a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review. Great biography on Washington The author tries to deal with issues previously not dealt with in other biographies that might have caused us to see Washington as a godlike figure A very nice read on Washington s life. I ll give this 3 1 2 starsAlexis Coe approaches George Washington s life and accomplishments from a decidedly twenty first century perspective Using primary sources from George Washington s writings journals, letters, and accounts and those of his contemporaries, Coe weaves together a biography of our first President In the introduction, Coe states that she s the first female biographer of Washington who writes on the man himself.I learned a few things about Washington s life before the American Revolution, with Coe pointing out his failures rather than successes during the French Indian Wars In fact, Coe spent lots of energy on the negative or failures injecting her comments with today s attitudes Part of Coe s approach is to strip away myths and dig down to the dirt or bedrock revealing and sometimes reveling in Washington s relationships with his slaves and servants Coe frequently points to Washington as a slaveholder and discusses that point at much length and seeming distaste In the end, I grew tired of Coe s approach and attitudes Despite my disaffection with her writing style and bias, I d say she does an adequate job of describing Washington and his career s There s not a lot of analysis so while this is biography is, perhaps, written for teens, it is written from a definite bias with today s attitudes and distaste for colonial slavery and indentured servants There are some factual errors in the section about Washington s accomplishments as President, so fact checking is in order Now I want to read other biographies of our first President written by the male authors she s trying to upstage.Thanks to the BookLoft of German Village Columbus, OH for an ARC to read and review.