Young Washington

How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A vivid and groundbreaking portrait of a young, struggling George Washington that casts a new light on his character and the history of American independence, from the best-selling 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. Naive and self-absorbed, the 22-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.

©2018 Peter Stark (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved learning how a greater leader became one!

Great book. It made some assumptions, but framed them accordingly. Seemed to overplay the affections toward a friend, but otherwise it was top notch.

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Excellent.

Well written, well researched, well read. I loved the historical detail and insights into Washington's personality and motivations. I enjoyed the narrator much more than Scott Brick's narration of George Washington, A Life. This book is a wonderful complement to that biography.

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Great book

Great book on our greatest presidents early life. I strongly recommend this book. Great audio quality.

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Best Book I Have Ever Listened To...

I absolutely loved this book and will miss it terribly! I would recommend it to anyone!

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Dry

Pretty dry which is unlike most Stark’s history books. For a better and more interesting read that displays Stark’s prowess at writing and crafting a historical narrative; see Astoria-John Jacob Astor’s West Coast Empire.

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Catchy

I really enjoyed listening to this story about Washington’s youth. And my young kids loved listening too!! We all learned and got excited about the 18th century together!

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Foot notes are annoying

Great story, though I feel like some of the scenes are embellished to create a dramatic effect, which is kinda cool and fun at times. The foot notes and citations are annoying. They should have been written into the story instead of a foot note every other paragraph with a citation. Overall a good book and another fun read for fans of his Excellency.