Young Washington

Young Washington

How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father
Written by Peter Stark
Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
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Young Washington

How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father
Written by Peter Stark | Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
“Stark puts his background as an adventure writer to good use, bringing thrilling immediacy and literary flair to George Washington’s youthful exploits” (Publishers Weekly): Decades before he led the 13 colonies to independence, America’s first president fought in the trenches, fell in love, and endured countless struggles that sculpted him into a great leader. Experience history as never before with this remarkable biography!


A vivid and groundbreaking portrait of a young, struggling George Washington that casts a new light on his character and the history of American independence, from the bestselling author of Astoria

Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naive and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War—a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution.

With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships.   

By weaving together Washington’s harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

Categories: Editor's Pick, Nonfiction
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Run time: 15:30:44
Unabridged Audiobook

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