WASHINGTON: by Jeanette Eaton


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It is disappointing that Miss Eaton's following must wait for another book if the transition from the older group to the intermediate group is to be made successfully. Both in That Lively Man Ben Franklin and last year's exciting Gandhi the author succeeded not only in recreating the times in which these men worked and lived but also the subjects assumed an identity separate from the vague notions and second-hand prejudices with which most readers approached the subject. In this case, however, the subject retains the fence posts characteristics with which generations of adoring school histories have endowed him, as a silent aggregate of all the graces and the virtues. Also the surface skimming of events, with no relieving anecdotes, represented here, contributes little excitement or drama to Washington's activities. There are some glib inaccuracies as the contention that after the Monongahela battle ""every-one in the thirteen colonies heard of his wonderful courage"". There are some remarks we doubt ever were made, such as the remark after hearing news of the Boston Tea Party, ""Now, Patsy, we'll have to give up drinking tea:

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 1951
Publisher: Morrow