George Washington's First War

George Washington's First War : His Early Military Adventures

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Renowned historian David A. Clary studies George Washington's early military career as a young colonel during the French and Indian War, and how those campaigns influenced his leadership and strategy as a general during the Revolutionary War and as the first president of the newly formed United States of America.The searing, formative military adventures of the inexperienced boy colonel of the French and Indian War who grew up to become one of the great soldier-statesmen of his age. George Washington wasn't born a military leader. He became one the hard way-through trial and error and perseverance at a very early age and in the most trying circumstances imaginable. From the massacre of a French diplomatic party by soldiers under his command (thereby starting a world war), to his surrendering of Fort Necessity to the French, to his leading a harrowing retreat of British troops under fire, we see Washington learn the lessons of command. George Washington's First War is a story told in vivid language, combining dramatic depictions of battle with the anxieties and frustrations of an adolescent who's not yet a great man. Readers learn of harrowing ordeals in the wilderness, the hitherto little explored role played by the Indian nations whose continent this was, and the epic clash of empires that all combined to turn the young Washington into the great commander and president of his age.
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  • Electronic book text
  • United States
  • 8 pp. b-w insert; 3 maps; rough front
  • 1439181128
  • 9781439181126

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"Clary's portrait of the young George Washington is a revelation, offering incredible insights into the great Virginian as military thinker. A marvelous historical accomplishment. Highly recommended!"--Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of "The ""Wilderness Warrior" "With drama and insight, David Clary lays out the suspenseful coming-of-age tale of George Washington's determined march from callow youth to eventual glory."--A. J. Langguth, author of "Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution" "In the 1750s the Ohio Valley was as strange as Afghanistan. "George Washington's First War" shows the confusion and cross-purposes of a world war waged on the frontier, and the steep learning curve of a twenty-something who would become (but was not yet) our first great warrior." --Richard Brookhiser, author of "Founding Father" Advance Praise for"GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FIRST WAR""A wonderful book on George Washington before he became an American icon. In lucid and gripping prose, Clary chronicles Colonel Washington in the French and Indian War, showing his glory-seeking imprudence and numerous--and sometimes monumental--errors. But Clary also demonstrates how young Colonel Washington learned from his mistakes, so that he was better prepared for the challenges he faced during the Revolutionary War. This not only is one of the better books on the French and Indian War, it is perhaps the best book on George Washington during that war." --John Ferling, author of "The Ascent of George Washington" "This ripsnorting tale traces the adventures--really, the "mis"adventures--of a raw, striving, sometimes bewildered and often overwhelmed George Washington. Through his fast-paced, deeply informative tale of hard lessons learned, David Clary shows that in his youth our 'indispensable man' was almost anything but. Humanizing, exciting, Clary's story delves into matters all too often glossed over in biographies of the Great General, reminding us of weaknesses from which sprang President Washington's mature strengths."-- William Hogeland, author of "Declaration "and "The Whiskey Rebellion" "A well-written and well-informed portrait of a young and untried George Washington struggling against enormous challenges to come of age both as a soldier and a man. Washington emerges from his first war not yet the leader he will become, but watching him mature during these early years helps us understand and appreciate him all the more."--Walter R. Borneman, author of "The French and Indian War"
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