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George Washington was famously unknowable, but Robert Middlekauff penetrates the mystique to reveal the fears, values, and passions that drove him. Rich in psychological details regarding Washington's temperament, idiosyncrasies, and experiences, this audiobook shows us a self-conscious Washington who grew in confidence and experience as a young soldier, businessman, and Virginian gentleman; and was transformed into an American patriot by the revolutionary ferment of the 1760s and 70s. Taking command of an army constantly in dire need - without adequate food, weapons, and, at times, even clothing and shoes, right up until the end - Washington displayed incredible persistence and resourcefulness, and evolved into a leader who understood perhaps better than anyone the crucial role the army had to play in the formation of a new American society. Washington, Middlekauff leaves no doubt, was at the heart not just of the revolution's course and outcome, but also the success of the nation that it produced. This is an essential audiobook for understanding the character of one of America's great figures.
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By Sean Lannan on 09-02-15
Fresh Look at Leader of American Revolution
Middlekauff brings a fresh look at an unusual leader who held together the beleaguered colonial troops who fought the British for eight years to win American independence. Washington led the Continental Army at great personal expense to forge a new unity out of fractious states. Washington is a difficult to understand character that Middlekauff makes more comprehensible to the reader. This is an important story for any one interested in U.S. history.
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