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The Education of George Washington: How a Forgotten Book Shaped the Character of a Hero (Hardcover)

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Hardcover. George Washington--a man of honor, bravery and leadership. He is known as America's first President, a great general, and a humble gentleman, but how did he become this man of stature? Was.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 344 pages. 0.612. Bookseller Inventory # 9781621572053

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George Washington a man of honor, bravery and leadership. He is known as America’s first President, a great general, and a humble gentleman, but how did he become this man of stature?

The Education of George Washington answers this question with a new discovery about his past and the surprising book that shaped him. Who better to unearth them than George Washington’s great-nephew, Austin Washington?

Most Washington fans have heard of The Rules of Civility” and learned that this guided our first President. But that’s not the book that truly made George Washington who he was. In The Education of George Washington, Austin Washington reveals the secret that he discovered about Washington’s past that explains his true model for conduct, honor, and leadership an example that we could all use.

The Education of George Washington also includes a complete facsimile of the forgotten book that changed George Washington's life.

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"This lively, articulate, and humorous reflection on George Washington's personality has some unexpected twists and turns, and the reader flips each page with a little uncertainty about where the book is heading, which is a large part of the fun. Austin Washington, with the help of the George Washington Papers project at Mount Vernon, has done something brand new. He has discovered through a document in George Washington's own hand, overlooked by historians for two centuries, exactly how George Washington turned himself from a relatively poor boy with limited prospects into the heroic leader he became."
James C. Rees, president of Mount Vernon, 1994 2012

"George Washington 'meets' Frederick, Duke of Schonberg, and finds a model for his life. This delightful and insightful book is a sometimes jocular approach to the life of Washington (the author's great ... great-uncle) ... The Education of George Washington is a witty, light-hearted, playful, even irreverent telling of the story. It is part theater and part history a book that will reward readers in today’s fast-paced and attention-deficit world. It’s a very new take on a very old tale."
Dr. Theodore Crackel, author of Mr. Jefferson's Army and West Point: A Bicentennial History; editor-in-chief emeritus, the Papers of George Washington

"A genuinely readable history and a different, thought-provoking perspective. Austin Washington has a particularly good insight into what his grand-uncle may have been thinking."
Dean Malissa, George Washington reenactor at Mount Vernon

"At last, after more than two hundred years, the first documented clue to the formation of the youthful George Washington’s character as a leader."
Kerry Miller, president, National Society of Washington Family Descendants
George Washington's reputation shines so brilliantly that it's hard to see the man through the glare. But the father of our country did not emerge fully formed in commemorative marble and Revolutionary glory.

George Washington made America. But what made George Washington the man he was? What shaped the character of the great American hero who, even in his own time, was regarded as the exemplar of honor, courage, and integrity?

Historian Austin Washington, a Washington descendant, has discovered the answer. It lies in a book that was crucial to the formation of George Washington's character but then was completely forgotten for generations. Now Austin Washington has uncovered and explored this lost source and found in it the key to his great-uncle's glorious achievements.

This is not your typical life of Washington. Austin Washington gives us George Washington, the man: his early strivings for a footing in Virginia society; his
first bruising military adventures; his marriage and family life; his caution in politics and daring in war; his willingness to spend the reputation and wealth he had gained for the good of his country. Through it all, Austin Washington shows us his great-uncle's determination to make himself into the kind of hero he had read about in a book that can change us, too, if we take it as seriously as George Washington did.

This is the amazing story of an amazing man, told with fresh insight, drawing on a remarkable and crucial new source that no previous biographer has touched.

In The Education of George Washington you'll learn:
The qualities George Washington cultivated in himself in imitation of the forgotten man who was his hero
Why the cherry tree story is true though not the way you've heard it
Washington's religion how he understood "Providence"
George Washington's principles of love and marriage
What the father of our country would likely think about America today
BONUS: the book that "made" George Washington reproduced in its entirety

Sprightly, provocative, groundbreaking, Austin Washington illuminates the sourcebook, lost for two hundred years, that formed George Washington's character and that can help form yours.

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