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George Washington's First War: His Early Military Adventures Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 11, 2011
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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
Top Customer Reviews
This is a sympathetic but honest look at the young Washington, and a fast-paced account of his first military adventures. But the best thing about it, at least for me, is that he's vibrantly HUMAN here, not the stiff-looking, unapproachable god on the one-dollar bill. You'll never think about Washington the same again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
As a confirmed and lifelong fan of George Washington I will tell you that I simply loved this book. Yes, it reveals some aspects of our first president that might offend some, but for me it made him far more human. The author did a phenomenal investigation and his work is very well supported and rings of truth. It goes a long way towards explaining how this young and inexperienced boy was able to metamorphise into the general that held an army together during the fight to establish this country. This is a must read!
Finally, it has opened doors for me into further reading on related subjects of French and Indian War and Native American issues that helped hape our past.
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. This immature and naive perception was a result of a failure on my part to mine for the true or at least "truer" facts and circumstances of his life and perilous times. My search has let me to this very interesting book that details what can only be described as a series of military misadventures by a very earnest and ambitious young man. The fact that Washington escaped these events with his reputation enhanced and not ruined can only be accounted for his having "friends in high places", an inordinate ration of luck and such a burning desire for success that let him to "adjust" the record of what actually transpired. This is not to say that Washington was a fraud, but he was less that a saint.
I will not summarize the specific events but suffice to say his military exploits during the period 1753-58 make for thoughtful analysis and shed light on his generalship during the Revolution.
I would caution the reader that if, like myself, you are not seeped in the geopolitical history of the times, or the complex relationships between France, England, the colonist and the native tribes you will find this book more of a text than an adventure story. Then again, we read history for pleasure AND to be challenged, so be it I say, and recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am deeply ambivalent about this book. On the one hand it covers a period of George Washington's life that has received scant attention: his military service during the French and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by W. B Crews
So much to learn about our first President's early life... this book will give you a good understanding on the Washington's early life that shaped him and ultimately prepared him... Read morePublished 12 months ago by rsveach64
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 on May 22, 2014 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 on March 13, 2014 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 on March 22, 2013 by JGB
George Washington's First War Mr. Clary's book is something of a rehash of at least two earlier books. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 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