James Thomas Flexner

James Thomas Flexner (1908-2003) was most famous for his extensive writings on American art history and a four-volume biography of George Washington, for which he won a special Pulitzer citation. Flexner's other historical biographies include the one-volume Washington: The Indispensable Man, The Young Hamilton, Mohawk Baronet (Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet), and The Traitor and the Spy: Benedict Arnold and John Andre.

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Both admirers and detractors have invented myths about our first President. A famous biographer tells of his years spent trying to separate fact from fiction. Read >>
Mortally ill as his century dwindled to its close, Washington was helped to his grave by physicians who clung to typical eighteenth-century remedies. But he died as nobly as he had lived Read >>
BEGINNING A SPECIAL SERIES ON WASHINGTON AFTER THE REVOLUTION Read >>
WASHINGTON AFTER THE REVOLUTION: II Read >>
Washington’s journey to his inauguration resembled a triumphal procession of royalty, but he felt like “a culprit who is going to the place of his execution” Read >>
WASHINGTON AFTER THE REVOLUTION: IV As the very first President, Washington had to invent his own job. What about a cabinet? How do you “advise” with tiresome senators? Should you have slaves in the executive mansion? How do you deal with all those uninvited visitors? And with the Vice President—especially when you know that he is terribly jealous? Read >>
Had a tempest not thwarted his plans, George Washington might have lost the Revolution in the first major operation he commanded Read >>
“Whom can we trust now?” cried out General Washington when he discovered his friend’s “villainous perfidy.” Read >>
In an age when art radiated nothing hut light and optimism, this self-taught painter from Pittsburgh saw another, more somber side of American life Read >>
In the rural scenes and native landscapes of William Sidney Mount a naive young America saw itself reflected to the life Read >>
Fort Stanwix was doomed—until the Iroquois heard the ravings of Hon Yost Schuyler Read >>

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