George Washington's ability to use the experience of defeat to achieve eventual greatness is an inspirational story for our own time. History celebrates George Washington as the leader of the American Revolution and the father of his country. But what has gone previously unexamined is Washington's life as a 22-year-old lieutenant colonel who led 400 American militiamen against a bigger, more experienced French army and paid a high price. Not only did Washington lose over a third of his men, but the Battle of Great Meadows was also the spark that ignited the French and Indian War.
Yet in the midst of this bitter battle, Washington forged the intellectual, visceral, and spiritual aspects that enabled him to achieve all that he did in the years that followed. In this never-before-told account, historian Alan Axelrod examines the geopolitical, financial, and intensely personal issues that shaped the leader Washington would become.
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David Drummond does a wonderful job of reading Axelrod's well researched and readable book. I am a history buff who knows a lot about Washington's life and Colonial history, but this book enhanced my knowledge of his early period. A book like this peaks my interest in learning more.
Washington's flaws and virtues are discussed and related to his later character as general and president. There are no perfect men, but Washinton was able to learn from his mistakes to become a better leader and more noble man.
- Jon R. Christenson