Brookhiser tries to give us a Washington who is as meaningful today as he was two hundred years ago. This attempt requires some effort, for Washington made sense to his contemporaries in ways (if we ever figure them out) that will never work for today's politicians (and maybe never should). Washington and his leadership style is ever tied to the eighteenth century. As a result, countless biographers (beginning with Weems) have had to reinvent him in their own images in order to make him a model for their own generations. That task is always part history, part wishful thinking. Brookhiser, in Founding Father, tilts far to the latter.
Jacob Katz Cogan, Book Review, 104 Va. Mag. Hist. & Biography 513 (1996) (reviewing Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington).