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Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father

Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father

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A new, brash, and unexpected view of the president we thought we knew, from the bestselling author of Astoria

Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Na ve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War--a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution.

With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships.

By weaving together Washington's harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

Author: Peter Stark
Publisher: Ecco Press
Published: 05/01/2018
Pages: 528
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.80lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.20w x 1.60d
ISBN: 9780062416063

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/2017
Library Journal 04/15/2018 pg. 80
Publishers Weekly 03/19/2018
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2018

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