Comments for The Many Faces of George Washington
The Many Faces of George Washington: 12/14/13
The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty is more literal than figurative. It opens with the observation that many people might only know Washington from his portrait on the dollar bill (or the quarter) and therefore not know the real Washington. From there, though, it's more a history of the making of three Washington mannequins for Mount Vernon.
The three ages picked for the project were 19, 43, and 57. McClafferty describes the challenges each age presented and the research that had to be done to make the models. These contextual pieces, though, are all focused around those specific ages.
As Washington's dentures are about as well known as he is (meaning, mis-remembered), there's a heavy amount of discussion on his actual dentures. There are notes on how the were made, how uncomfortable they probably were to wear and how his deteriorating jaw affected his appearance.
Thus the book is more about the recreation of history for education than it is about the historical figure in question. It's not a stand alone book. It needs to read in conjunction with more thorough books about George Washington and his presidency.