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Major George Washington was just twenty-one when Governor Dinwiddie asked him to assess French strength in the lead-up to the French and Indian Wars. That fledgling assignment served as the first military baptism of the future Commander of the Continental Army. This new book by award-winning military specialist Stephen Brumwell (The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763) fills in the significant, yet neglected story of Washington's frontier battlefield apprenticeship, showing how the lessons it taught him prepared him to be the effective leader of a relative untrained, ragtag army. A refreshing, well-research perspective on a leader we know so well.