"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
"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 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
“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
"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, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote