'You Never Forget Your First' Isn't Your Traditional Biography Of A President

Feb 17, 2020

Sure, there are lots of biographies about America's first president. But author Alexis Coe - an historian who has appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and who has contributed to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and other publications - wanted to take a deeper dive.

She believes that much of what we know about George Washington is slanted by other biographers.

Take, for example, the opening paragraph of the book's description on the inside sleeve: "George Washington loved to dance, was raised by a struggling single mother, offered unsolicited romantic advice, named his dog Sweetlips, and found success in espionage and a frenemy in Thomas Jefferson. He never backed down - even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle."

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington is not exactly a glamorous description of the nation's most celebrated patriot.

Author Alexis Coe joins Cincinnati Edition to talk about the book and why she set out to write about a man "whose same, stale presentation was overdue for a shake-up."

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