"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, Team of Rivals
“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.”
"A bewitching combination of erudition and cheek, You Never Forget Your First is a playful, disruptive work of history."
—Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach
“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.”
"Alexis Coe energetically dusts off an old-boys genre to present a life
in full, without sentiment or whitewashing. It’s a public service, but
it’s also a lot of fun."
—Irin Carmon, co author of the New York
Times bestseller Notorious RBG
"A Washington bio that skips his manliness and reveals the man....there is much to savor and enjoy...[in this] delicious bite." —The Washington Post
"After reading Coe's book, you feel like you know him -- his family, his desires, how he failed and grew and became the man who is on our money and inextricable from our national identity."—Jane Greenway Carr, CNN
"You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe has the potential to reshape national identity for massive audiences. So far, the book has been doing exactly that."—Rebecca Brenner Graham, Society for US Intellectual History
“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, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
“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.”
“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
“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.” —BookPage (starred)
'“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