James Thomas Flexner

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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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February 1956

Fort Stanwix was doomed—until the Iroquois heard the ravings of Hon Yost Schuyler

August 1960

In the rural scenes and native landscapes of William Sidney Mount a naive young America saw itself reflected to the life

October 1962

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

December 1967

Had a tempest not thwarted his plans, George Washington might have lost the Revolution in the first major operation he commanded

October 1967

“Whom can we trust now?” cried out General Washington when he discovered his friend’s “villainous perfidy.”

December 1969

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

February 1969

BEGINNING A SPECIAL SERIES ON WASHINGTON AFTER THE REVOLUTION

April 1969

WASHINGTON AFTER THE REVOLUTION: II

June 1969

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”