In his adult biography, George Washington, Man and Monument (1958), Marcus Cunliffe sought to penetrate the ""myth of suffocating dullness"" which surrounded the first President; he does the same for a younger audience here, with visual support and somewhat different emphasis, but with comparable honesty. Washington the General occupies more space than Washington the President; his military campaigns are plotted fully and their results analyzed. But this is only an aspect--perhaps the most significant to children--of Washington the Maker of a Nation, whether he is striking ""just the right note"" between timidity and wildness at the First Continental Congress or ""being 'buffeted in the public prints by a set of infamous scribbles'"" during the political skirmishes of his second administration. The many pertinent drawings, maps, diagrams, etc. make this not an illustrated book but a documentary history. The analogy is appropriate: in common with other volumes in the American Heritage series, this is a frozen filmstrip with a fine narration. It's not a full biography--the text occupies slightly less than half of the 147 pages--but, in the McLuhan manner, this is a hot hybrid introduction to a cool character.