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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
“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
“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
“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
“This ripsnorting tale traces the adventures—really, the misadventures—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
Governor Dinwiddie, Indian Trader Christopher Gist, Braddock, Forbes, and the like.
For most of my life I had an image of George Washington as an aloof, unapproachable marbleized icon of our glorious Revolution and our "most famous" President.
He's a bit judgmental about Washington's intentions and motives, but overall pretty forgiving, and the information he provides is interesting.
This is a very helpful introduction to Washington as a young man. This formative period of his life is underestimated in trying to understand the great leader he became. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Newt Gingrich
This is an interesting account of the early years of the father of our country. Most Americans learned much about George Washington's years as leader of the Continental Army and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Arkansas Traveler
Author Clary has presented a work on George's early military career during the French and Indian War which is an enjoyable and informative read.. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JGB
George Washington's First War Mr. Clary's book is something of a rehash of at least two earlier books. Read morePublished 19 months ago by B. Hoover
As an avid reader of Washington biographies I was very happy to discover a new book on one of my favorite subjects. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by J Lazy R
This book covers George Washington's participation in what we refer to as the "French and Indian War", though in Europe it's known as the "Seven Years War". Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by David W. Nicholas