|Pages/Publication Date:||359 / 2015|
In his vivid, insightful account of how a callow George Washington grew into an extraordinary leader, Bancroft Prizewinning historian Robert Middlekauff introduces a young man prone to peevishness and a volcanic temper. His façade of self-control and his greatness as a leader evolved over time, the product of experience and maturity but also a willed effort to restrain his wilder impulses. Washington grew in confidence and experience as a young soldier, businessman, and gentleman, and displayed incredible resourcefulness as the commander of the continental army. As Middlekauff makes clear, Washington was at the heart of the revolution's outcome and the success of the nation it produced.
"Middlekauff has written about Washington's war rather as Washington himself might have, had he been a historian: carefully, thoroughly, with an eye for detail and a grasp, at all times, of the important points."—NYTBR