I read this book as a recommendation from a friend, but also really wanted to read more about Mount Vernon since we're heading out there in a month or so. I have to say that it was slightly informative but..... super boring. I ended up skimming the book quite a bit because I just couldn't handle it. Does it help prepare me for going to Mount Vernon. Sure. But I'd rather I didn't waste my time. 1 outta 5 stars.