Testimonials

Here's what our readers are saying about Williamsburg In Character
 About A Cock and Bull for Kitty
 
"Talk about a family of curiosities!  I could SEE Dunmore clinging to New York with his greedy fingernails. I could SEE Dr. Eustace running away to join his literary circus.  And I could SEE the flounces and frills on Kitty and her Mamma, and the glint in their eyes.  The piece is so visual that I think it could become a screenplay."  
-- Judith Simmons

"It reads like a novel, only better:  more factual, more intense and more satisfying. I will never forget Kitty!" 
-- Terry Thomas
Retired Surgeon
Costumed Interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg

"Morrow romps through the salacious details of the case [of Blair v. Blair] to bring us back to the world of Kitty, her feisty widowed mother, Margaret, the unfortunate James Blair and, of course, Lord Dunmore. To this cast of characters [is added] the finest array of legal talent the colony had to offer; the conservative Attorney General, John Randolph, and firebrand Patrick Henry appearing on behalf of Kitty Eustace Blair and her mother, and on the other side, James Mercer, Thomas Jefferson and Edmund Pendleton representing the aristocratic Blairs. It was, as Morrow asserts, a newspaperman's dream, involving a wealthy and long established family of impeccable reputation, a distressed, young and attractive wife, and the most intimate sexual details pertaining to the ill-fated newlyweds. The upshot turns out to be as unpredictable as the causes of the action in the first place."

-- From the preface by James Horn 
Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

 

 
 About The Greatest Lawyer That Ever Lived
 
"This is a splendid essay. Not only does it peel away Jefferson's layers one by one to reveal the insecure, sneaky, small-minded man underneath, it unfolds [the]. . .indictment against him with relentless logic. I found it spellbinding."
-- Cary Carson
Vice President (retired),
Research Div., Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

"With meticulous dissection, George Morrow explores the pathways to Patrick Henry's true, quirky personality, revealing a more interesting Founding Father. What a read!"

-- Joan Thomas

“I loved Patrick Henry and the Puffing Squirt and the sense of the author’s arrival it gives . . . Morrow establishes wonderfully what he intends to do with the three characters, Thomas Jefferson, William Wirt and Patrick Henry – especially Jefferson, the spider in the center of the web – and he does it brilliantly . . . a convincing, independent portrait of Patrick Henry, drawing on Morrow’s knowledge of what it is to be a trial lawyer.”

-- Rhys Isaac
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Transformation of Virginia


“George Morrow delves into aspects of Jefferson’s character that no others have. Were Henry to read this work, he might very well be heard to say, ‘Vindication and redemption at last!’”

-- Richard Schumann
Colonial Williamsburg’s Patrick Henry

 

 About George Washington and the Immortal Moment

"I read this book in two nights and was thoroughly impressed with both its content and engaging style. New revelations of Washington the man and the enigma, as opposed to our textbook portrayals of him, were eye-opening, to say the least. One of my favorite lines was "Washington was not a defeated man, but he had lived too long with the idea of defeat." I also came away with a new found respect for the French, as well as Rochambeau and his 'wintry politesse'."

 -- C. R.
Reader from Somerville, New Jersey

"I just finished "George Washington" and was most struck by how human and vulnerable he seemed to be, especially in the section "The Man Behind the Face." His emotional affair with Sally [Fairfax], the wife of his friend, revealed so much about the person he was. I love how you are able to get into these characters' heads and extrapolate so much from the letters and materials you have gathered and to make them breathe for the reader."

 -- W.J.
Reader from Minneapolis, Minnesota

"I love these books and look forward to each new one! "George Washington" explores aspects of Washington's character that I hadn't considered. My only criticism is that the books aren't longer!"

 -- C.B.
Reader from Williamsburg, Virginia


 Regarding the Williamsburg in Character Series
 
"I LOVE these books . . . these are journeys of discovery, disclosing crucial new ways to read the motivations of very complex characters. Morrow gives me all I need to be judge and jury both. It's his engagement with people that I so admire: real, flesh and blood people, the flippant Rev. Camm, the irascible Gov. Fauquier, and the ultimatelyrather sad story of Arthur Lee and James Mercer. So very few historians have that skill. For them, the people remain documents on the page, and History, not life, claims them."
-- Colleen Isaac