Noemie Emery (b. 1938) is a journalist in Washington, DC. A contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and columnist for the Washington Examiner, she has also written for numerous other publications, including Women’s Quarterly, National Review, and Commentary. Emery published her first book, Washington: A Biography, in 1977. Other works include Alexander Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait (1982) and Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families (2006). Emery is a graduate of Barnard College and received a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
Author: Noemie Emery
Like Edwin P. Whipple in an earlier selection, journalist and Washington biographer Noemie Emery (b. 1938) is also interested in probing the grounds of the greatness of Washington, whom she too finds an enigma. But whereas Whipple looks to qualities of his mind, Emery looks to the strength and energy of his passions.
Young Washington was interested in the cultivation of the habits and conduct of a gentleman. But he was also moved by stories of republican virtue and political courage, as revealed in this excerpt from Washington: A Biography (1976) by American journalist and biographer, Noemie Emery (b. 1938).