I enjoyed reading other books by Ellis, but this one disappointed me a bit. It was not what I expected. The author looks through the wartime accomplishments and failures of Washington beginning with his time in the French and Indian War. He never gets deeply into the mind of Washington and it felt like what I was reading was simply surface material. I got the impression that Ellis simply wanted to pump out another book and wrote one with nothing really new to add. Disappointing when comparing to his other books, but still a book I am glad I read.