Off the Shelf: Edward Lengel

Edward Lengel, editor, "A Companion to George Washington." Wiley-Blackwell.

May 25, 2012 — George Washington – American icon, towering historical figure – has attracted generations of scholars while continuing to fascinate the modern public. With so many scholarly and popular works available on Washington, could there possibly be anything new left to be said?
 
The answer is "yes," with the recent release of some 135,000 new documents through the Papers of George Washington, the University of Virginia-based documentary editing project dedicated to the transcription and publication of original documents.
 
"A Companion to George Washington" features a collection of original readings from scholars and popular historians that shed new light on all aspects of Washington\'s life. Topics covered include his youth, family and education; his experiences in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution; his views on slavery and management of Mount Vernon; his military and political career; and his retirement.
 
Edward G. Lengel is professor and editor-in-chief of the Papers of George Washington. His books include "Inventing George Washington: America\'s Founder in Myth and Memory" (2011); "This Glorious Struggle: George Washington\'s Revolutionary War Letters" (2008); "General George Washington: A Military Life" (2005); and many others. Lengel is a columnist for Military History magazine and has appeared in documentaries about Washington on The History Channel.