Naval War College Review


Fischer, David Hackett. Washington’s Crossing. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2004. 564pp. $35 Wiencek, Henry. An Imperfect God: George Wash- ington, His Slaves and the Creation of America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. 404pp. $26 Our nation’s first commander in chief, George Washington, is back in the news. At Mount Vernon they are striv- ing to recast Washington’s image as America’s first action hero, while also sponsoring a high-tech, computer- driven rejuvenation of him to figure out exactly what he looked like at ages nine- teen, forty-five, and fifty-seven.