Dimensions:9.2in x 6.2 x 1 in | 1.08 lb
Page Count:304 pages
AUTHOR WITH AN INCREDIBLE PLATFORM: Alexis Coe is everything we could ask for in a media partner: She appears regularly on CNN, the History Channel, and NPR; writes for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Buzzfeed, and many other publications; is co-host of the popular Audible podcast “Presidents Are People, Too!”; is the historian for the hip New York (and now Washington D.C.) women’s club The Wing; and is host of The Wing’s new podcast, produced by Peabody Award-winning producer Ann Heppermann at Pineapple.
PERNIALLY POPULAR SUBJECT: Readers’ interest in Washington biographies is insatiable, and Coe presents—perhaps for the first time—Washington with a slight feminist bent, one that takes on many of the widely accepted truths about his life (most especially, his relationship to his mother, who has long been characterized as a monster). Coe does so with the respect and mentorship of writers and historians like Ron Chernow and Karen Abbott, and with the research chops that gained her access to previously unexamined archival material.
SUBCATEGORY THAT PERFORMS WELL, TOO: The success of books like Notorious RBG (which, to date, has sold over 163k copies), The Disappearing Spoon, At Home, and Salt reveals a readership that is hungry for books of history that are intellectually rigorous but also fresh, fun, and playful.
EXCITING TV TIE-IN: The author will be featured in an unprecedented three-part CNN series on George Washington, from executive producer Doris Kearns Goodwin, to air around President’s Day.
"An important achievement. [Coe] has cleverly disguised a historiographical intervention in the form of a sometimes cheeky presidential biography."
—The New York Times Book Review
“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
"I admittedly wouldn’t call this a typical summer beach read, but I’ll say this: The book to read this summer when you need a break from all that new social interaction is about George Washington." —Mother Jones
“You've never quite read a biography like this. Chock full of remarkable facts about George Washington—and surprisingly easy to read—this one feels more like reading your favorite fiction.”
“In the insightful and entertaining You Never Forget Your First, historian Alexis Coe moves past the well-worn tropes we’ve come to associate with George Washington. . .with style and humor. . .Coe makes colonial history not just fascinating but relevant.”
“Alexis Coe jolts readers with a fresh retelling of the first president. It’s Washington without the pomp—the United States’ first president like you’ve never seen him before.”
“In this breezy yet fact-filled revisionist biography, historian and podcast host Coe (Alice + Freda Forever) takes George Washington’s previous—predominantly male—biographers to task...Readers who like their history with a dose of wry humor will savor this accessible account.”
“This is not your average biography, and that’s a wonderful thing! Alexis Coe profiles George Washington with fresh eyes, promising a fascinating read that strikes a relevant chord with 21st-century life.” —Paste
“Evenhanded and engaging, this biography brings fresh insight to one of America's most written-about leaders.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Entertaining and insightful." —Shelf Awareness
“Every now and then a fresh, new biography told by a gifted storyteller on a familiar figure captures our imagination. So it is with this spirited and engaging biography of George Washington.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Leadership and Team of Rivals
“A bewitching combination of erudition and cheek, You Never Forget Your First is a playful, disruptive work of history.”
—Jennifer Egan, New York Times bestselling author of Manhattan Beach
“If you think there is nothing new to learn about George Washington, then you have a treat in store with Alexis Coe’s You Never Forget Your First. In this keen and savage analysis of our longstanding Washington canon, Coe dramatically reshapes our understanding of the president who could not tell a lie (actually, he could, and did). The result is a humorous, sympathetic and refreshingly human portrait of Washington that is destined to become a classic.”
—Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghosts of Eden Park
“Alexis Coe knocks the standard fusty portrait of George W. off the wall and gives us a fresh, funny, and decidedly feminist take on our primo president. At once deeply researched and delightfully cheeky, You Never Forget Your First gives Washington a modern spin, revealing the complicated man behind the many myths, peeling away the macho veneer applied by previous (male) biographers. Coe proves how valuable a new set of eyes on the historical record can be.”
—Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
“With quick wit and an abundance of humor, Alexis Coe introduces readers to the nation’s first president in a new and accessible style. You Never Forget Your First will make readers laugh AND reconsider American history.”
—Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge