Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

A new, brash, and unexpected view of the president we thought we knew, 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. Naïve 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.

Title:Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
ISBN:9780062416087
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  • Patti Alexander

    Interesting information on his early life...

  • John

    4.5 stars. A good history should be:1. Well-written. Poorly written history is the bane of the world! Fortunately, Mr. Stark writes very, very well.2. Help the reader see a historical subject in a new...

  • Sunset Lake

    With brilliant storytelling, Peter Stark’s new book Young Washington is a fascinating look at the British and Virginian aristocracy in pre-Revolutionary America. It is a vivid tale of a series of cr...

  • Jwduke

    I have always valued George Washington as a great general. I have even visit d obscure sites to see obscure Washington letters, like the Lilly library and his letter accepting the presidency. Over all...

  • Michal Cichon

    What kind of a person was Young Washington? It turns out he was quite unlike the man popular imagination makes him out to be. The idea of George Washington as the impeccable moralist turns out to be f...

  • Larry Van Bibber

    I gave it a five since the book is focused on battles near Pittsburgh and covers many famous military leaders such as Pitt, Braddock, Forbes,Grant and St Clair in addition to Washington. Of course Ft....

  • Caseyfast

    The book covers a time in US history that is not too familiar to many and shows Washington's flaws as he struggled to establish himself. I have read some of the original letters referenced in the book...

  • Al Anderer

    Some little know facts about George's early life and his anxieties to prove himself to his friends and himself. The prelude to the battle that destroyed the British army in the Ohio valley makes for g...

  • Steve

    A interesting view of George Washington and his failed attempt to lead his men against the French and Indians during the French and Indian War. However, I'm sure Washington learned and gained lessons ...

  • Douglas Fugate

    This biography concentrates on Young Washington prior to and during the French and Indian War. Mr. Stark portrays a young man learning to be soldier, commander and growing into manhood in the aristocr...