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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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 "I Cannot Tell a Lie"-the Cherry Tree Story Is True (but Different from How You Heard It) 13
Chapter 2 George Washington's Religion-"me Miraculous Care of Providence" 39
Chapter 3 George Washington's "Strength," "Vivacity" and "Soundness of Mind and Body" 55
Chapter 4 George Washington's "Affable, Candid, and Obliging Nature" 73
Chapter 5 "His Duty Was His Greatest Passion" 93
Chapter 6 The Coolest American 109
Chapter 7 "The Most Surprising Dangers, Never Betray'd in Him Any Fear" 133
Chapter 8 "Exact to the Rules of Civility, Breeding, and All the Accomplishments of Men of Quality" 163
Chapter 9 Commander in Chief 185
Chapter 10 From the Siege of Boston to the Crossing of the Delaware: George Washington's Fabian Strategy Keeps me American Cause Alive 209
Chapter 11 Valley Forge 233
Chapter 12 George Washington, Cincinnatus, and Bozo the Clown 249
Chapter 13 George Leaves the Presidency-and the Republic-on a Firm Footing 265
Chapter 14 George Washington's Fame 281
Appendix A Panegyrick to the Memory of His Grace Frederick, Late Duke of Schonberg 291
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw the author speak at Mount Vernon a year or more ago. I am glad his book has finally come out. In a series of somewhat dry lectures, Austin's was a breath of fresh air. Afterwards he signed a program for my granddaughter, which she still has. He was as charming in person as he was on the stage. I likewise find his book to be a breath of fresh air. He tells the story of his great uncle based on original research, conducted at Mount Vernon. He has discovered a guide to greatness that George Washington actually used to shape his character. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to spread the ideals of our founding fathers beyond the unfortunately narrow group of people, such as myself, who make this one of their avocations. I enjoyed the book, I feel I learned something from the book, and I feel this book makes George Washington’s ideals more relevant for our day.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I don't like history books, normally, but I loved this. The book showed how George Washington really was, and how became that way. It's inspirational, and made me laugh, too. While taking the subject very very seriously. It's hard to imagine all those things at once, but this book had them. If all books were this good, I'd read more often!
Wow, it's the first time I've ever thought of George Washington as a real human being. It really brought him to life for me. The author is witty and engaging, but, much more important, he has a remarkable way of making Georg Washington come to life. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone. First rate, really.
ENTERTAINING AND DEEP. UNIQUE I read this and I thought it was great. It's not at all like a normal history book. It's more like if you heard a really great great lecture about something that, either, you're interested in, or the speaker makes you interested in it, and afterwards you went out and talked, over coffee, or beer or something, with the lecturer, and he was funny and more interesting now that he is unrestrained by formality. Which is to say, part of the chapters tell the story of what happened in a really well written narrative style. And part help you get it, understand it. Beyond this, it's really really informative and well-researched. I did some graduate work in a related field, so I know I'm right on this. But beyond even that, it's told in such a compelling and entertaining way, that if all history were like this, everyone would be a historian, or at least a fan. There is also a really deep message in the book, which is hard to fathom, as the book is so entertaining. It's also hard to fathom as the message is so out of step with our times. It's about the character of a hero. Which sounds really uncool, un 21st century, and un keeping with the irony and sarcasm that pervades our culture. You don't just learn about it abstractly, though. You really get it, inside. You understand, and feel it. And maybe change, at least a little. I got it, at least. I guess that's the point of the book.
The review from "C_C_Reader" is from the author of the book and should be removed entirely. He has done the same thing on Amazon. His book is self indulgent at best, and a decent substitute for kindling at worst.