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Book Club for January
January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will hold its next book club meeting on Tuesday January 16 at 7 pm on Zoom. There is no fee to attend and anyone is welcome. Participants should come ready to discuss the book. The selection is You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe – the first woman historian to publish a biography of George Washington in about a century, and the first woman of any profession to do so in nearly 40 years. The book was an instant New York Times bestseller and an NPR Concierge Best Book of the Year.
Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first–and finds he is not quite the man we remember.
Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down–even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won.
After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation’s hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency–twice. When he retired years later, no one talked him out of it. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created.
Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty must confront his greatest hypocrisy–what to do with the men, women, and children he owns–before he succumbs to death.
With irresistible style and warm humor, You Never Forget Your First combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers–including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads–inhaling every page.
“In her form-shattering and myth-crushing book….Coe examines myths with mirth, and writes history with humor… [You Never Forget Your First] is an accessible look at a president who always finishes in the first ranks of our leaders.” —Boston Globe
The Zoom link will be sent out the week of the meeting in the APT President’s email.